Reasons to love winter
Or more specifically, June 1: the first official day of winter, as well as the first day that Testun – the ’90s-inspired Beaufort Street wine bar from the Threecoins crew – opens and shares its vision of Italo-Australian eating and drinking with us all. Additionally, June 1 is the day (or night) that Myaree Malaysian restaurant Ipoh Garden starts dinner service, meaning fans can now enjoy chef Richard Thum’s excellent Hainanese chicken rice, Ipoh-style hor fun and other beloved dishes from the Malaysian state of Perak.

Celebrating black truffles in Manjimup
Although Truffle Kerfuffle has been cancelled for 2022, a new Southern Forests weekender means locals can still celebrate black truffles this winter. The Manjimup Truffle and Wine Festival (June 24–26) features a three-day program of dinners, tastings and farm tours centred on key hospitality businesses around Manjimup. In addition to the locals, interstate guests Laura Sharrad of Fugazzi (Adelaide) and Masterchef fame, and Alistair McLeod (Ready Steady Cook) will head west for the festival. Visit for more details.

An introduction to Italian wine, led by a Master of Wine
Perth-based wine educator Brendan Jansen has a thing for Italian wines. Then again, you’d expect that from someone who lived in Italy for two years and immersed himself in local wine culture. Jansen, however, took this interest one step further, enrolling in the prestigious Master of Wine program, becoming one of the few West Australians to pass the exam. In short, he’s the perfect person to introduce you to the wonders of Italian wine. Next month, Jansen is teaming up with importer Dave Mullen Wine Agency to present a course over three consecutive Tuesdays (June 7, 14 and 21) at Casa Nostra Caffe in Osborne Park. Each night, students will taste a minimum of eight wines and enjoy a main course that’s designed to pair with the last bracket of wines tasted. The course is $400 per person and can be booked by emailing or phoning Dave Mullen Wine Agency on (08) 9204 2911.

Old Bridge Cellars releases its new winter beer
Fremantle’s Old Bridge Cellars has teamed up with Metricup brewery Beerfarm to release a punchy new winter ale. Brewed using coffee from Stomp, the Brekky Scroll Pastry Stout tastes like a cinnamon scroll and weighs in at a hefty 9.5 per cent ABV. Due in stores on June 10, the beer is available now for pre-order, with customers receiving a free 250-gram bag of Stomp coffee beans with each four-pack ordered ($39.99).

The taste of home
The Standard’s new Take Me Home dinner series celebrates the international heritage of the cooks working in the kitchen of the Northbridge bar-slash-restaurant. The series kicks off on June 2 with a shared feast prepared by Taiwanese brigade member Wes that references midnight food markets, hotpots and other aspects of our man’s island home. Dinner is $85 per person and includes matched wines from Adelaide Hills winery Vinteloper. Tickets can be booked online.