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Bookings open to experience Chardonnay’s new breed with the Wine Communicators of Australia

If you want an alternative to the bold Chardonnays of the 1980s, make sure you book for this month’s tasting, as places are strictly limited. With Sauvignon Blanc more than nipping at Chardonnay’s heels, the WCA asks: “Is Chardonnay suffering an identity crisis?”

A new breed of Chardonnay – lean, tight and bright – is upping the ante for this food-friendly varietal. While industry may know that Chardonnay’s style has evolved from the creamy, fat, oak dominant, often over-blown wines of the 1970s-80s are Australian wine drinkers aware of the new breed of fresh, clean, bright and zesty wines that are closer, stylistically, to Sauvignon Blanc, than the Chardonnay of old?

WCA has assembled two panels of outstanding winemakers and commentators to chair a tasting and discussion over dinner – playing to Chardonnay’s strength as a food-friendly varietal. Join wine writers Jane Faulkner and Peter Bourne; WCA patron and wine writer, James Halliday and winemakers Philip Shaw of Philip Shaw and Andrew Fleming from Coldstream Hills in Sydney and Melbourne to get the good oil on the new Chardonnay.

Start the evening with a bubbly before tasting 12 Chardonnays over three brackets. From there members and guests can join the panel discussing the future of Chardonnay in Australia, style developments, communication messages and winemaking tricks to help make the variety friendly to all those Savvy-lovers out there.

Join the WCA to enjoy 12 outstanding wines over a delicious three course meal (this is great value!):

Melbourne – Bistro Flor 555 Nicholson St, North Carlton http://www.bistroflor.com/ Tuesday 30 June, 6.30 for 7.00pm Panel: Jane Faulkner, James Halliday and Philip Shaw Parking in the adjacent cross street and on Nicholson St

Sydney – Fix St James, 111 Elizabeth St, Sydney http://www.fixstjames.com.au/ Wednesday 1 July, 6.30 for 7.00pm Panel: Peter Bourne, Andrew Fleming and Philip Shaw.

Parking available at MLC Centre, King St or at NSW Leagues Club, Elizabeth St between King St & Martin Place

Cost: $120 Members, $140 Guests, limited places at each event, so get in quick.

Bookings: https://www.winecommunicators.com.au/FutureEvents/tabid/56/Default.aspx

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