Nothing heralds the coming summer so well as an evening of tasting fine wines with accompanying cheeses. United Cellars marked the coming festive season with an evening in its Tasting Room at 100 William Street, Woolloomooloo, guided by sommelier Samantha Payne. Guests, LATTE and keen oenophiles were encouraged to sample eight of the summer-perfect wines currently offered by United Cellars, as well as one ‘mystery wine’, revealed to be Bodegas Salentein Portillo Malbec 2014 from Mendoza, Argentina. The Pinot Noir from Languedoc Roussillon, France, ‘Le Versant’ Vin de Pays d’Oc 2014 was a particular favourite, as was the Woods Crampton ‘Third Wheel’ Rosé 2013 from the Barossa, comprising a blend of Mataro, Grenache and Shiraz. Simon Johnson provided a range of cheeses and antipasti to accompany the tasting, including a soft, creamy chèvre from the Rhône-Alpes region of France, a semi-soft blue cows milk cheese from Tipperary, Ireland, finishing with Meli Melo from France’s Basque Country.Throughout the tasting, Samantha guided the palate. Having worked as Head Sommelier for a number of restaurants such as Manly Pavilion and 4Fourteen, she now currently holds that position at China Lane, as well as consulting on numerous lists in Sydney.United Cellars has been independently operated as a family business for over 10 years, growing from a traditional wine club to a leading authority on wine, working directly with wineries in Australian and abroad. The company’s signature Cellar Angels offer a bespoke one-on-one service, matching wine to each customer’s needs. Each wine also comes with a guarantee; if a customer doesn’t like it, United Cellars will arrange a courier to return it at no charge.Events are held throughout the year at venues across the country. As well as the Tasting Room evenings, United Cellars also puts on masterclasses and winemaker dinners.