The National Wine Centre of Australia is hosting a series of six wine masterclass sessions, which will take place from the 28 of August and run through to December.
The masterclasses are aimed at any and all lovers of wine, regardless of previous wine knowledge or experience.
So whether you’re a true wine expert, or only just starting your journey into wine knowledge, these sessions will have something for you.
Each session will focus on a different wine region and variety, and will provide participants with helpful tips to increase their appreciation for local Australian wine.
Every masterclass will be hosted by the National Wine Centre’s enthusiastic head sommelier James Boden, who is sure to deliver an engaging and interactive experience across all six sessions.
The event aims to fine-tune your tastebuds across a series of different wines, teaching your palate to differentiate between grapes grown in different regions.
Food pairing strategies will also be explored, as well as information on the history of winemaking and current industry trends.
At the end of the night, each participant will get to put their newfound knowledge to the test as they partake in a blind tasting of beautiful Australian wines.
Nebbiolo, A discovery. Australia vs Italy | Wednesday 28 August | 6:00pm – 8:00pm | $50
Discover some shining examples of Australian wineries that are focusing on one of the greatest Italian grape varietals, Nebbiolo. For our first masterclass for 2019, discover some Australian wineries that are at the forefront of quality in Italian varietals and compare them against their Italian counterparts. Witness why Nebbiolo is such an amazing grape varietal as you are guided through a comparison of three Australian and three Italian examples.
Grenache A battle of the Valleys! Barossa vs Rhone | Wednesday 25 September | 6:00pm – 8:00pm | $50
For lovers of GSM, GMS and SGM blends while nothing is playing at the MCG or SCG we have the masterclass for you. Discover the Southern Rhone with three examples of Grenache blends as we compare them with three local examples from the Barossa Valley.
CHAMPAGNE FEST MASTERCLASSES
Our champagne fest masterclasses are a must for those who love Champagne and want to learn more about this amazing region. Join our Sommelier, James and a panel of some of the best sparkling wine makers in Australia as we host two scintillating masterclasses
Champagne Fest: Grower Masterclass | Sunday 27 October | 12:00pm – 12:45pm | $75
There are over 3,500 different Grower Champagne brands, with each solely making wine from the grapes they grow. We will shine the light on 6 different producers from various parts of Champagne from Agrapart to Pierre Peters.
Champagne Fest: Better late, than never | Sunday 27 October | 2:00pm – 2:45pm | $95
Late Disgorgement or dégorgement tardif refers to the late release of a Sparkling wine with an extended time on lees. We will take you through some of our favourite L.D Champagnes and compare them with some local counterparts.
*Please note, masterclass tickets include a complimentary General Admission ticket into Champagne Fest.
Is Chardonnay back in trend? A look at the best Chardonnay in Australia | Wednesday 27 November | 6:00pm – 8:00pm | $50
Chardonnay is one of those polarising wines but for those that love Chardonnay we will take a trip through some of Australia’s most recognised and well respected Chardonnay producers. From Adelaide Hills to Yarra Valley and a gem from Margaret River, this is not to be missed for Chardonnay lovers.
Aged Red Wine. Why bringing your best bottle to Christmas lunch is a bad idea | Wednesday 4 December | 6:00pm – 8:00pm | $50
Everyone has been in the situation where you bring a nice bottle to a Christmas lunch and an uncle or third cousin opens it up while your back is turned and polishes it off in a few sips. For those painful moments, we have the line-up of wines for you to enjoy without anyone else helping you. We will take you through some well-aged Aussie reds and discuss the wonders of why we age our wines.
For more information, or to book your masterclass, see here.