By Andy Young
MasterChef finalist Ben Milbourne has been appointed as brand ambassador for renowned Victorian and Tasmanian wineries Taltarni Vineyards and Clover Hill Wines.
Part of Milbourne's ambassadorial role, will see him act as chef at all of Taltarni's upcoming Cellar Key Club events. In an attempt to better accommodate Taltarni’s growing membership base, this year’s annual club dinner at Taltarni Vineyards will be supported by additional club dinners in Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne.
Milbourne will be creating recipes to complement all the Taltarni and Clover Hill wines.
Clover Hill Wines and Taltarni Vineyards are run by the same management team, led by CEO Adam Torpy.
"There are terrific synergies between Ben and our wineries,” Torpy said.
"We share similar philosophies on food and wine. To us, wine is about sharing key moments with friends and family, so first and foremost, wine must be food friendly. Ben’s recipes will bring out the best in our wines, and our wines will bring out the best in Ben’s recipes."
Milbourne added: “It is an honour to be the brand ambassador for Clover Hill, a boutique Tasmanian sparkling house that crafts some of the country’s finest méthode-traditionnelle sparklings, as well as Taltarni Vineyards, one of the founding wineries of Victoria’s beautiful Pyrenees region.
“Both wine and food have played such an important part in the significant moments throughout my life. Good food and great wine were always an opportunity to share key moments with friends and family, and this philosophy is embodied by Taltarni and Clover Hill. Growing up in Tasmania, I was surrounded by an appreciation of the care and dedication that that is involved in creating world class produce and wine, and both Taltarni and Clover Hill are a testament to this philosophy.”
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