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Introducing our 2016 AAVWS Fellow

James Scarcebrook My name is James Scarcebrook and I‘m thrilled to be the 2016 AAVWS Fellow. My entry into the industry was in retail back in 2004, and finding an affinity with selling and talking about wine, I decided to follow a vinous career path. Since then I‘ve had the opportunity to work in a [] The post Introducing our 2016 AAVWS Fellow appeared first on Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show (AAVWS).

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Shavkapito Coming Soon to a vineyard near you

Theinaugural Sponsor-A-Variety has been selected - and the winner is Shavkapito which was nominated by Anna Hooper. Not heard of it? Neither had we. But read on to see Anna‘s application which piqued our interest andhopefully yours too Shavkapito Nominated by Anna Hooper I am head winemaker at Cape Jaffa Wines in Mt Benson where [] The post Shavkapito - Coming Soon to a vineyard near you appeared first on Australian Alternative Varieties Wi

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Meet the 2017 Fellow: Katie Spain

Wow. The Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show fellowship. What a great opportunity for a wine-obsessed storyteller. I am chuffed to jump aboard this juicy, alternative variety dreamboat. Ironically, I grew up surrounded by milk, not wine. I‘ve pulled more udders than I‘ve poured wine but a childhood spent on a dairy farm gave me an [] The post Meet the 2017 Fellow: Katie Spain appeared first on Australian Alternative Varieties W

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Alternative Lifestyle

Guest Blog by 2016 AAVWS Fellow James Scarcebrook From a young age I always attempted to avoid the mainstream, to be an individual. Little did I know that many years later as a wine professional and wine drinker, I would do the same thing! There is no better place to celebrate the alternative than at [] The post Alternative Lifestyle appeared first on Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show (AAVWS).

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Pinot Blanc: A Perspective from the Yarra Valley

Guest Blog by AAVWS Committee member Franco D‘Anna Pinot Blanc as it‘s known in France or Pinot Bianco in Italy is a white grape planted in regions like Alsace, Alto Adige and parts of Friuli. Quite recently, it has been planted to success in different regions in Australia. Pinot Blanc is now planted in Tasmania, [] The post Pinot Blanc: A Perspective from the Yarra Valley appeared first on Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show (

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Cool Climate Vignerons Aosta Calling!

Guest Blog by AAVWS Committee Member Mark Walpole So, what does a warming climate and the GFC have in common? Both have impacted the inland wine regions significantly over the past decade. Hotter and drier growing seasons; and a reduced demand for many of the traditional varieties planted during the wine boom of the 1990‘s [] The post Cool Climate Vignerons - Aosta Calling! appeared first on Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show (AAVWS

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More Than Just a Talk Fest

We love to bandy about the claim that the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show is ‘More than just a wine show‘ but what does that really mean? Well, of course we are in the (not-for-profit) business of critical assessment of wines against their peers in an unbiased environment. This is undertaken each year by a [] The post More Than Just a Talk Fest appeared first on Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show (AAVWS).

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2001 The beginning of an odyssey

After beginning as a Sangiovese Challenge in 1999 and an Australian Italian variety celebration in 2000, the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show in it‘s current form kicked off in 2001. Here is a snapshot of what that first AAVWS entailed from thearchive of event manager Helen Healywithobservations from Inaugural Chief of Judges Tim White(both pictured) [] The post 2001 - The beginning of an odyssey appeared first on Australian Alter

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The Art of Change

Guest Blog by Stefano de Pieri Dr Rod Bonfiglioli the viticulturist at Chalmers‘ Nursery came to see me on a cold winter night. He said he had a project and he needed my help. I was eager to talk to him. I heard about mysterious wine things going on in the heart [] The post The Art of Change appeared first on Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show (AAVWS).

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A+ for the AAVWS

By Adam Walls, the 2015 AAVWS Fellow From the outset, my time at the 2015 AAVWS was A +. Mildura put on a show! Postcard spring weather, country hospitality and top class food and wine. The weekend opened my eyes to the momentum that ‘alternative varieties‘ are currently experiencing in Australia. The AAVWS is [] The post A+ for the AAVWS appeared first on Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show (AAVWS).

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