Location: Online (Facebook Live)
Event Date: 21 October-December 2020
Please check the organiser website for any changes due to COVID-19.
Contact: Helen Healy
Association: Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show
Address: PO Box 3276,
Mildura VIC 3502
Telephone: 0417 556 821
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.
Thanks to our amazing presentation partners the NSW DPI, the 2020 program will consist of 5 individual online events, broadcast live and FREE via Facebook Live on the AAVWS Facebook page, covering the usual diverse range of topics around the growing, making and marketing of alternative variety wines.
SESSION ONE: ‘Sharing a Bottle with COVID’
Wednesday 21st October, 8pm, Facebook Live
Adam Walls, Wine Selectors & 2015 AAVWS Fellow
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.
SESSION TWO: A Match Made in Mildura
Wednesday 28th October, 8pm, Facebook Live
Stefano de Pieri, Stefano’s Restaurant & Elizabeth Richardson, L’Enologa Wines
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.
SESSION THREE: A Deep Dive into Fiano
Wednesday 11th November, 8pm, Facebook Live
Hosted by Chief of Judges Sophie Otton featuring Mark Lloyd, Coriole SA; Gwyn Olsen, Briar Ridge NSW; Jo Marsh, Billy Button Vic; Laura Carter, Unico Zelo SA
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.
SESSION FOUR: Viticulture & Sustainability – The Alternatives
Wednesday 18th November, 8pm, Facebook Live
Toby Bekkers, Bekkers Wine & Richard Leask, Hither & Yon
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.
SESSION FIVE: Across the Pacific
TBC, Facebook Live
Cha McCoy, 2020 AAVWS International Guest, USA
Thanks to Global Victoria the AAVWS will again run an expanded international engagement program, only in true 2020 style it will be a virtual, COVID-safe collaboration.
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