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Southern Tasmanian Vineyards launches its second White Wine Weekend

Over 50 white wines from 20 southern Tasmanian vineyards will again be the feature of the Southern Tasmanian Vineyards White Wine Weekend in Hobart on 20–21 September 2008.

This unique event, now in its second year, will again be held in the beautiful IXL Atrium in Hunter Street over two days. The event will again be hosted by WineSouth Tasmania, the association of southern Tasmanian wine regions.

Unlike other public wine tasting events, this event will focus on grape varietals, rather than individual producers. There will be five white wine stands: one each for Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Traminer & Pinot Gris/Grigio, and a miscellaneous stand for Sparkling, dessert wines and less prolific varieties such as Muller Thurgau and Schoenburger.

The format enables tasters to sample the wines in varietal brackets. They can compare and contrast all the different styles within each single wine variety, before moving on to the next. It is a user-friendly tasting format, and the taster avoids confusing their taste buds – a common casualty of swapping constantly between different varieties!

This wine tasting event has been designed for broad appeal, and there is something for everyone, from wine enthusiasts to first-time tasters. Comprehensive tasting notes on each wine will be available. There will also be the opportunity to chat to the winemakers, vineyard owners and wine industry personalities of southern Tasmania.

Participating vineyards span the Coal River Valley, East Coast, Huon Trail, Tasman Peninsula and Derwent Valley. There will be wines from well-known producers as well as some smaller producers, such as Two Bud Spur, Kilbowie Wines, Winstead Vineyard and Nandroya. A number of participants will be launching some brand new releases.

The public tasting sessions will run from 12:00 noon to 5:00pm. both days with an entry fee of $15. The entry fee covers tastings of over 50 wines, a take home glass and tasting notes booklet. Bottle sales and order forms will be available and visitors can also go into the draw to win a number of lucky door prizes. The event would not be possible without the support of its sponsors Southern Cross Television, The IXL Atrium and the Henry Jones Art Hotel.

For more information, contact Dee Atkinson at Frogmore Creek on ">a or (03) 6248 5844.

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