STEVE Smith’s captain’s knock and some big hitting by Australia’s lower order helped the hosts take charge of the second Test against India.

    MITCHELL Starc needed to find something special to keep his place for Boxing Day and he wasn’t prepared to wait until he got the ball back in his hands to make a start.

    NIC Maddinson carried his bat as Sydney Sixers eased to victory in their opening match of the Big Bash season against Melbourne Renegades.

    KEVIN Muscat has taunted host City by claiming the Melbourne derby was a home game for Victory, with AAMI Park providing it with happy memories of late.

    LITTLE has changed on the field for Melbourne City, but the 2014-15 version is so much more interesting and the last fortnight underlines it.

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    Upcoming functions

    Please see below for a list of Long Room Wine and Food Society events in 2015: 

     Date Format  Event 
     January 28  Lunch  Old Bottle Day
     February 25  Lunch  Pfeiffer Wines (Rutherglen)
     March 25  Lunch  Howard Park (WA)
     April 29  Annual Dinner  Cellar Evening
     May 27  Lunch  Ritchie Wines (Victoria)
     June 24  Lunch  Moorilla (Tasmania)
     July 29  Lunch  Treasury Wine Estates
     August 26  Lunch  Tim Adams Wines (Clare Valley)
     September 30  Lunch  Cellar Day
     October 28  Lunch  Cellar Day
     November 25  AGM and Lunch  International Day - Spain
     December 9  Christmas Party  Celler Evening

       
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    Long Room Wine and Food Society Old Bottle Day Luncheon

    Once again we start off our New Year program with the highly popular and informal Old Bottle Day luncheon to be held in the Long Room on Wednesday January 28, 2015.

    Bring one or two of your favourite bottles (but no more than two), preferably with a bit of age on them (but still drinkable) to share with fellow members.

    On arrival you will be greeted with sparkling wine and sherry from our cellar followed by an excellent three-course luncheon.

    As in previous years this function will be restricted to society MEMBERS ONLY. No specific seating arrangements will apply, and an informal U-shaped table setting will be arranged.

    Eminent wine writer and critic Jeremy Oliver will again give his expert opinion on all wines presented throughout the lunch. The winner of Jeremy’s wine of the day will be added to the Old Bottle Day perpetual trophy which will be on display showing all past winners.

    Bookings will be processed on a first-in basis and as functions are always extremely popular you will need to get your reply in early to avoid disappointment.

    Bookings for this function will close on Thursday January 22.

    Please note bookings for this function are only for members of the Long Room Wine & Food Society.

    Book here