Presented by NSW Department of Primary Industries
Friday 9 November 2018
Venue Mildura Workingmans Club, Function Room, Upstairs 100-110 Deakin Ave, Mildura
Time 1pm – 5pm
So you’ve finally got your hands on a hotly anticipated parcel of a different grape variety, but how do you approach the unknown? One of the most exciting, daunting and intriguing moments for a winemaker in the exploration of a new variety is deciding just how to make the first rendition of the wine. Do you apply techniques you’re familiar and comfortable with, translated from a more common variety or wine style? Or do you look to the traditional home of the variety for unique methods or treatments synonymous with the grape and its cultural heritage? Perhaps you might do as little as possible. With a seemingly endless number of winemaking techniques, tools and products at our disposal today, what is the best way for an intrepid winemaker to interpret a grape variety for the first time and what constitutes success in the resulting wine? We bring together an expert panel including winemakers, scientists and sales people to examine how much first impressions truly count.
Don’t shoot the messenger
Wine writing used to be simple, right? Historically, a weekly newspaper column appeared written by a middle-aged man pitched to his middle-class audience. Thankfully, that scenario has diverged and diversified. We also live in a world abuzz with social media, where ‘news’ is a twitter feed away and the opinionated masquerade as experts. Conversely, there are specialist magazines and websites making our tipple appear rather elitist. It’s confusing. So how do today’s consumers get their wine messages? We’ll answer that while discussing a raft of conundrums from the practical – how do I get my wine reviewed, to the philosophical – how is wine reviewed and who cares? Well producers send loads of samples hoping their wines will be received favourably. So, with a glass in hand, chief of judges and wine writer Jane Faulkner will guide this insightful session alongside international judge and Master of Wine Madeleine Stenwreth, Patrick Walsh, director of fine wine importer, Cellarhand, wine bar owner/consultant Sophie Otton plus others.