AAVWS [All] Talk & [No] Taste – A Series of Online Happenings

Presented by NSW Department of Primary Industries

October to December 2020

Venue Facebook Live
Time Various
Cost Free

Since 2020 has thrown the world a curve ball we have all had to change gear, adapt and get creative in order to continue to do what we do.  The AAVWS is no different.  We are 100% committed to the educational aspect of what our show is all about and so we couldn’t imagine a show year with no Talk & Taste.  That’s why we in 2020 we are running [All] Talk, [No] Taste, a series of online happenings around the wine show to bring to our community the kind of insights and exciting content we usually deliver at the Friday afternoon forum in Mildura.

The program will consist of 5 individual online events, via Facebook Live, covering the usual diverse range of topics around the growing, making and marketing and drinking of alternative variety wines.

SESSION ONE: ‘Sharing a Bottle with COVID’

Adam Walls, Wine Selectors

Wednesday 21st October, 8pm AEDST, Facebook Live

While we have all been stuck at home during 2020, we have still been enjoying a vino or three despite being unable to pop down to our favourite local wine bar or enoteca.  AAVWS Fellow alumnus Adam Walls from Wine Selectors will share some insights into how we changed our wine buying habits to fit the times, discussing the rise and rise of wine clubs and online wine buying and selling in the time of COVID.  What kind of wines are we drinking?  What kind of people are signing up? Do we want to choose or have our wines chosen for us? Adam shares some great stats as well as ideas on how those changes might grow and morph into the future.

SESSION TWO: ‘A Deep Dive into Fiano’

Hosted by AAVWS Chief of Judges Sophie Otton featuring Mark Lloyd, Coriole SA; Gwyn Olsen, Carillion Wines NSW; Jo Marsh, Billy Button Vic; Laura Carter, Unico Zelo SA

Wednesday 11th November, 8pm AEDST, Facebook Live

The white grape Fiano, originating from Campania, has been made in Australia since 2005 and is now planted in a diverse array of wine regions covering climates from one end of the spectrum to the other. The variety alone accounts for 8% of entries in the 2020 AAVWS and is proudly holding shelf and wine list spaces in all kinds of venues.  This group of passionate fiano producers including pioneers and new fans from SA, Vic and NSW will take us on a deep dive into the variety, it’s viticulture and the wines being made from it -from the crisp and aromatic to the bold, unctuous and beyond.

SESSION THREE: ‘Viticulture & Sustainability; the Alternatives’

Toby Bekkers, Bekkers Wine & Richard Leask, Hither & Yon

Wednesday 18th November, 8pm, Facebook Live

Two of McLaren Vale’s finest, both Nuffield Scholars and acclaimed viticulturists, Toby Bekkers and our inaugural AAVWS 2019 Viticulturist Award recipient Richard Leask will co-host this session on Sustainable Viticulture.  What does that really mean?  There are many ways to skin a cat when it comes to viticultural practices depending on what your goals are. In an era where we all need to be accountable for our stewardship of the earth, what is really important in growing great grapes while caring for the planet? Carbon zero, organic, low input, your vineyard setup, vineyard renewal, new management techniques? Join these two viticultural legends as they demystify sustainable grape growing for us.

SESSION FOUR: ‘A Match Made in Mildura’

Stefano de Pieri, Stefano’s Restaurant & Elizabeth Richardson, L’Enologa Wines

Tuesday 24th November, 8pm AEDST, Facebook Live

Celebrity Cook, Mildura Ambassador & AAVWS co-founder Stefano de Pieri will hang out in his kitchen with Winemaker Elizabeth Richardson to prepare a meal and have a chat about the fun to be had when matching the diverse flavours and textures of alternative variety wines with food.  With both guests being Mildura locals, the fare on the table and in their glasses will be sourced locally where we have an abundance of fresh produce and plenty of wines made from interesting grape varieties to choose from.  We can expect more than a dash of Italian influence in the conversation, with Elizabeth holding a Masters of Gastronomy from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy and Stefano’s heritage being Venetian. We can’t wait to see will these two will cook up.

SESSION FIVE: ‘Across the Pacific’

Cha McCoy, 2020 AAVWS International Guest, USA

Tuesday 18th May, 12pm AEST, Facebook Live

Thanks to Global Victoria the AAVWS was able to run an expanded international engagement program in 2020, only in true 2020 style it had to be a virtual, COVID-safe collaboration.  We have hooked up with Cha McCoy, fabulous wine industry star from the USA to join us as our International contributor in 2020, initiating her on the Australian alternative variety wine scene and connecting her with producers, stories and wines from our AAVWS family.  Cha McCoy will be presenting a session for our 2020 [All] Talk & [No] Taste program where she will announce the winner of her International Judges Wine to Watch Trophy and reflecting on her involvement in the show and the wines she has seen, bringing her significant global wine industry experience into the mix with her impressions and ideas.

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Changing the World

“The massive impact the AAVWS has had on wine production and consumption in Australia over the last 15 years is now flowing overseas as alternative varieties breathe new life into the UK market and add colour and excitement to the Australian offering.”