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The New Australia Wine: A night with Chris Rowe of Old Bridge Cellars
October 17, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Twin Cities Wine Education is proud to present an eye-opening night focused on the modern Australian wine industry.
The New Australia, with Chris Rowe of Old Bridge Cellars
If you want to learn some fascinating wine business history full of boom, bust, and reinvention, look to Australia.
In the 1990’s, as wine critic Robert Parker started layering accolade upon accolade on the wines of Australia, a definite theme emerged: bigger is better. The ‘hedonistic fruit bombs’ of the time was driven by ever riper fruit, leading to higher alcohols. It was a race to the top, in search of higher scores and bigger wines.
Then the Yellow Tail tsunami hit America. Suddenly, one brand accounted for 50% of Australian imports to America. Many producers responded by abandoning the race to quality and instead embraced the idea of cheaper is better.
The Australian wine industry emerged bruised and battered. Then the renaissance began in earnest.
The smaller family-owned wineries, the ones with the oldest vines and the most experience making great wine, started to get more attention. Fast forward to 2018, and today a core group of perhaps four dozen wineries is revolutionizing how Americans think about the wines of Australia.
This class will focus on the re-emergence of Australian wines, focusing on terroir, on great varieties, and on families making the difference. Delivering the stories will be one of the best in the business, Chris Rowe of Old Bridge Cellars, whom I’ve known for over ten years and have had many a discussion with regarding the business of Australian wine. I always learn a ton from Chris, and this class will be no exception.
I hope you can join us for this new and awesome class.
Wines to be presented:
John Duval Plexus White
Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet
Kilkanoon Killerman’s Shiraz
John Duval Plexus Shiraz/Grenache/Mourvedre (note: John Duval used to be the winemaker for Penfold’s Grange!)
Chamber’s Muscat (bonus dessert wine!)
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