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Fri 9 Nov 2012, 5:00pm–9:00pm

Where: Mildura Grand Hotel, Cnr Seventh Street and Deakin Avenue, Mildura, North Western Victoria

Restrictions: 18+

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  • General Admission: $100.00
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Listed by: laurenEF

Includes all wine tasting (over 20 wines!) and food.

Session 1: Who drives the push when it comes to planting alternative varieties. Join Dr Peter Dry, viticulture consultant at the Australian Wine Research Institute's industry development and support team as he talks about emerging varieties with a focus on the Iberian Peninsula.

Dr Peter Dry: Dr Peter Dry is a viticulture consultant at the Australian Wine Research Institute and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide with more than 40 years experience as a lecturer and researcher in viticulture. He has maintained a keen interest in alternative varieties for the whole of his career. One of the most satisfying aspects of his current position is the opportunity to spread the alternative varieties message in many Australian regions.

Session 2: From Spain to Portugal, McLarenVale and beyond. Join winemakers Matt Gant and Michael Wren as they explore the diversity of the varieties they love to grow, make, sell and drink.

Mr Matt Gant: Matt Gant, winemaker and co-proprietor of First Drop Wines is an Englishman, who began his vinous journey back in 1995 when his wine-fanatical Geography lecturer contrived a two-week field trip to Burgundy and Champagne, with amazing tasting every day. Inspired and intrigued by the world of wine, Matt then landed a vintage job in New Zealand and set off to learn more about wine, discovering an all-consuming passion. Matt now has 23 vintages under the belt, including tours of duty in Spain, Portugal, Italy, USA and Australia.

Mr Michael Wren: (Bio information to be added shortly)

Session 3: Spotlight on Spain and Portugal. They're hot, hot, hot!

Think you know your albarino from your alvarelhao? Monastrell from moristel? Join Australia's leading Spanish and Portuguese wine importer Scott Wasley, key sommeliers and retailers for an insight into these varieties and more.

Mr Scott Walsey: His past record is a mixed bag: retail wine store and restaurant management (Bar Corvina in Melbourne, The Universal Wine Bar in Adelaide), interspersed with periods of academicism, lecturing in Politics and Media Studies at The University of Adelaide while a PHD candidate.

Working freelance as a “Wine Guy”, he wrote for Divine Magazine, consulted on wine lists, advised on corporate wine requirements, and ran wine education courses, before creating himself a real day job – running his own business – importing premium modern Spanish wine and distributing it nationally via The Spanish Acquisition. 12 years down the track he still can’t speak Spanish to save himself (plus or minus the odd, urgent need to order beer, er, cerveza …