A Buzzing Crowd and Brilliant Company- YGOW Top 50!
A surreal experience was had in Melbourne on the 13th of April at Australia's 2019 Top 50 Winemakers, Young Gun of Wine Tasting. Fifty Winemakers trekked across the nation to meet at the Prahran Markets in South Yarra and pour two wines each to a buzzing crowd of around 600 consumers!
A ticketed event that kicked off at 7pm for those interested in new brands, varieties and the opportunity to meet direct with the makers of their wares- I practically lost my voice after meeting so many new faces and discussing the intricacies of bubbles. Luckily there was plenty on offer to keep us all hydrated and Melbourne really turned it on for a great event.
Other than meeting the interested tasters, another highlight was the opportunity to meet the other finalists in the competition and hear their stories about what makes them tick. A few I knew and catching up over drinks was really rewarding too. Wine swaps are mandatory and it is an extremely humbling room to be in when the calibre of the wines on offer is so high and the genuineness of the people is heartfelt.
Speaking of rewards, all fifty winemakers were given a gift throughout the night by the event organisers- a very handy bottle opener (supported by Mountain Goat) inscribed with the wise proverb, "Making wine is all about drinking beer"! Something that will come in very handy, but also be a great memento of the experience that we have all had to date and with any luck, hopefully the journey will continue for Cuvee Co Wines. Next round yet to be published.....I'll let you know!