Top WA drops on lun­cheon menu

Albany Extra - - Extra News - Shan­non Smith

The 40th an­nual Wine Show of Western Aus­tralia next month will cel­e­brate how far the show and the wine in­dus­try have come since 1978.

One of the ear­li­est pro­duc­ers of wine in the Great South­ern, Plan­ta­genet Wines has been se­lected to host the first event, the Por­tavin Ex­hibitors’ Lunch, for the State judg­ing on Oc­to­ber 6.

Show com­mit­tee chair­woman Joanne Brad­bury said the judg­ing of wines had gone from five classes to 40 classes last year.

“This year, the 40th cel­e­bra­tion is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant in Mt Barker be­cause their vol­un­teers and com­mu­nity over the many years have sup­ported the show and kept it in Mt Barker,” she said.

“The wine show was started to give the op­por­tu­nity to pro­duc­ers to bench­mark their wines against their col­leagues.

“I think over that time, the show has grown with the de­vel­op­ment of the in­dus­try, so it has gone from 17 en­tries in 1978 up to al­most 1000 last year.”

The Great South­ern wine re­gion is the only re­gion that has gazetted sub-re­gions.

Ms Brad­bury said ries­ling had been iden­ti­fied as the iconic va­ri­ety in the Great South­ern and this was a great op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence some of the best.

“What will hap­pen at the lunch is Ver­ity James will host — she is very pas­sion­ate about food and wine,” she said.

“We will also have our in­ter­na­tional judge from Mon­treal, Michelle Bouf­fard, talk­ing about her per­cep­tions on WA wine.

“And we will have our chief judge, Ian Riggs, from the Hunter Val­ley, talk­ing about his thoughts, hav­ing looked at the wines all week.”

The wine show con­sists of three events — the first be­ing the Por­tavin Ex­hibitors’ Lunch at Plan­ta­genet Wines at noon on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 6, for $60 a head, pre­sent­ing an op­por­tu­nity to min­gle with wine­mak­ers and en­thu­si­asts.

The two fur­ther events are in Perth — the Top 50 Tast­ing at Il Lido, in Cottes­loe, on Oc­to­ber 20 from 1pm, and the the Gala Awards Din­ner at the Hy­att Re­gency on Oc­to­ber 27.

Tick­ets to any of the three events are avail­able at www.wineshowwa.com.au.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Benson

Wine Show of Western Aus­tralia co-sec­re­taries Marie O'Dea (left) and Larissa Seah with Plan­ta­genet Wines cel­lar door man­ager Alex John­son.

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