Chuck thrown into bigwa wine show

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

AMER­I­CAN wine buyer Chuck Hay­ward hopes to learn as well as judge when he vis­its Perth for the Qan­tas Wine Show WA next month.

The JJ Buckley se­nior brand man­ager buys the Aus­tralian and New Zealand wine for the Cal­i­for­nia-based company.

“I have a fairly good un­der­stand­ing of Western Aus­tralia’s wine re­gions and what they com­mu­ni­cate to grapes like ries­ling and chardonnay, shi­raz and caber­net,” Mr Hay­ward said.

“Hope­fully I can con­firm some of my un­der­stand­ing about sub­re­gions in ar­eas like Mar­garet River and Geographe while learn­ing more about new, up­com­ing re­gions like Porongu­rups.”

Mr Hay­ward is the guest judge at this year’s awards and brings 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence with Aus­tralian wines.

“My first job as a re­tailer at The Jug Shop in San Francisco brought me in con­tact with the first wave of Aus­tralian wines to ar­rive into the US,” he said.

“My knowl­edge came about from a few fac­tors: one was vis­it­ing wine­mak­ers who came to sell and ed­u­cate us. At the time there was no ed­u­ca­tion about Aussie wines, so we needed to pick the brains of vis­it­ing wine­mak­ers to learn more about the cat­e­gory.

“Trav­el­ling was es­sen­tial to un­der­stand the lay of the land, how cool and warm cli­mate re­gions dif­fered, learn more about the coun­try, its his­tory and cul­ture, etc.”

The Awards Din­ner will be at the Hy­att on Oc­to­ber 31.

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