Wine masterclasses a chance to appreciate region’s best

South Western Times
Willow Bridge Estate senior winemaker Kim Horton is gearing up for the Geographe and WA Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2017.
Camera IconWillow Bridge Estate senior winemaker Kim Horton is gearing up for the Geographe and WA Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2017. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

The Geographe Wine Region is set to shine this week as wineries from Harvey to Busselton showcase their finest drops at the Geographe and WA Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2017.

The judging of a record 187 entries will take place over three days from Wednesday, led by experienced wine judge Tim White, with the award winners to be announced at the show’s Gala Dinner in the Cube on Friday night.

The public can also make the most of masterclasses on Thursday, with the judging panel set to take guests through the story of the Italian variety grenache at 6pm, followed by a masterclass on shiraz.

Event coordinator Jo O’Dea said the masterclasses were a great informal way to learn about wine.

“They are specifically designed for the general public, not for winemakers,” she said.

Willow Bridge Estate senior winemaker Kim Horton and Wine Show committee chairman Phil Smith prepare to celebrate the best of the Geographe Wine Region.
Camera IconWillow Bridge Estate senior winemaker Kim Horton and Wine Show committee chairman Phil Smith prepare to celebrate the best of the Geographe Wine Region. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

“We keep the wines for the masterclasses a secret, but there is a really exciting list of wines which the general public will have most likely never tasted.

“It’s about encouraging people to embrace their region and the wine show is a chance for the Geographe region to be showcased as a significant region within the State.”

Wine Show committee chairman Phil Smith invited all to join in on the 15th annual show, which he said was “a great way to show Bunbury what we have on our doorstep”.

Tickets to events can be purchased at www.geographewine.com.au.

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