1st Winemakers night: Sandalford Wine Dinner with Chef Mats at MLH

The Wine and Dine pairing nights with Chef Mats will be another signature event that will occur monthly along with the most talked about Slow food Nights and the soon to be showcased “WE Dining nights with Chef Pubilis.”

These “Winemakers Dinner” nights will showcase wine from well known wineries from around the World paired with a gourmet dinner from the Kitchen of the Mount Lavinia Hotels specialty chef from Europe, Mats Petersson.

For the first such dinner on 18th September, Chef Mats and Grant Brinklow, CEO of Sandalford Wines (Western Australia) will match and pair delectable dishes to create an enhanced dining experience that will be a first in Sri Lanka. The price is for LKR4900/-nett which includes cocktails, wines and dinner.

“We at MLH are trying to create dining experiences en par with the best in the world so that our clientele will have the variety and choice in wining and  dining demanded by discerning guests worldwide, states Mr Anura Dewapura, General Manager, Mount Lavinia Hotel.

Sandalford (www.sandalford.com) has Vineyards in the Swan Valley and the iconic Margaret River region and routinely wins awards at wine shows and competitions. It also has a highly regarded restaurant on the Vineyard which has won its own numerous awards and accolades – hence this initiative fits in very well with the direction that MLH has taken.

In the words of Grant Brinklow, “We are very pleased to be the associated with the debut of the Winemakers Dinners at the Mount Lavinia Hotel – a world famous historic property in one of the most exciting tourism destinations”. At this dinner, Sandalford Wines will showcase limited production wines and the current vintage and it will give guests a chance to chat with a personality who has vast experience in the wine trade and is a much sought after speaker on wine.

As Anura Dewapura says “It is about putting diners in touch with other people, for some light hearted conversation over great food and wine. Some people would see it as a more relaxed form of networking accompanied by the chef and wine connoisseur to add some insights into the dining experience.  So why not join us for a very special event when Chef Mats prepares a masterful, multi-course, gourmet dinner paired with Sandalford award-winning wines with our objective being to establish an unique experience that the discerning public can become involved in”

Some of the menu items are as follows:

Ceviche of Tiger Prawn

Confit of Organic Tomato & Black Olive Tapenade

Sandalford Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2010


Ballotine of Chicken

Creamy Spinach & Truffle Jus

Sandalford Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007


Dragon Fruit Sorbet with Lime


Duo of Australian Lamb & Beef

Sautéed Wild Mushroom & Tarragon Sauce

Sandalford Prendiville Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005


Chocolate Fudge with Licorice Ice Cream

Mango Foam in Crisp

Sandalford Sandalera

Sandalford ( is a boutique winery with Vineyards in the Swan Valley and the World famous Margaret River wine region in Western Australia world that consistently wins awards and accolades for its wine as well as for the award winning gourmet restaurant at its Swan valley property.

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