Wine Chal­lenge set to be worth the wait

Myrtleford Times - - People Around Town - BY TATE SPITERI

THE post­poned North East Wine Chal­lenge fi­nally has a date af­ter a num­ber of set­backs forced the Myrtle­ford held event away from its usual Septem­ber slot.

The three day event will take place at the Ablett Pav­il­ion from Mon­day Novem­ber 26 to Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 28 with the pub­lic tast­ing pen­cilled in for 5pm on the Wed­nes­day.

Alpine Val­leys Vignerons pres­i­dent, Michael Freuden­stein, said wait­ing for the avail­abil­ity of the McNa­mara Re­serve func­tion cen­tre would be worth it af­ter it was booked out for most of Novem­ber for VCE ex­ams.

“It’s the per­fect lo­ca­tion re­ally,” he added.

“Be­cause of those big win­dows there’s lots of nat­u­ral light and the judg­ing area has plenty of space so you can spread the wines out with good sep­a­ra­tion be­tween stew­ards, servers and guests.”

Mr Freuden­stein said the finer de­tails of the event were yet to be fi­nalised but that all five ma­jor wine re­gions; Alpine, Beech- worth, Glenrowan, King Val­ley and Ruther­glen would be rep­re­sented.

“It’s all back on track as far as we’re con­cerned,” he said.

“It should be a great event, Alpine have been able to win the past two chal­lenges and I think if we can get enough en­tries in this time we will win it again.”

Joan Faulkner will again chair the judg­ing panel that will sam­ple a wide ar­ray of fine wines.

“It’s a good bench­mark for our (Alpine) wine mak­ers be­cause it shows the wines against other lo­cal wine re­gions,” Mr Freuden­stein said.

“The other re­gions prob­a­bly have big­ger rep­u­ta­tions be­cause they’ve been pro­duc­ing wines for a longer pe­riod but the Alpine Val­ley wines are equiv­a­lent to all of them.”

Com­pe­ti­tion en­tries for the event can be com­pleted on­line through Showrun­ner up un­til Novem­ber 9.

“It’s some­thing I would en­cour­age peo­ple to come too be­cause it’s a great op­por­tu­nity to taste the wines from right across the re­gions,” Mr Freuden­stein added.

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