Two free online Taste n Talk events on Zoom coming up

Tutorials highlighting two of Australia’s most distinctive varieties

Wednesday July 8, 2020: Riesling: Clare Valley vs the rest
Tuesday July 21, 2020: Shiraz: Barossa Valley vs Yarra Valley

The Clare Valley is widely regarded as the home of Australian Riesling. In the tutorial on Wednesday July 8 we will reveal the history of this fascinating variety and compare the style of Clare Valley Rieslings with those grown and produced in other regions.

Australia grows more Shiraz than any other grape variety and the Barossa Valley is its heartland. However in recent decades the big and bold Barossa Shiraz has had stiff competition from other regions, such as the Yarra Valley, which is known for its more elegant medium-bodied style. In the tutorial on Tuesday July 21 we will reflect on how Shiraz came to Australia and contrast the styles produced in two regions with very different climates.   

7.15 pm log on for a 7.30 pm start. When you RSVP you will be sent a link that will allow you to join the event.

What you will need              
On each night: Two clean wine glasses per person, crackers, cheese and/or similar nibbles
On July 8: One bottle of a Clare Valley Riesling and one bottle of Riesling from another region
On July 21: One bottle of a Barossa Valley Shiraz and one bottle of a Yarra Valley Shiraz

  • Riesling left over can be stored in a refrigerator for up to seven days without deteriorating.
  • Shiraz left over can be stored in a refrigerator for 3-5 days without deteriorating.

 Check out the Function Notices for more details.

Coming up later in the year

The program for the rest of 2020 will be reviewed as further information becomes available. Members, friends and e-News subscribers will be notified as soon as decisions are made about events scheduled from August onwards.

At this stage the plan for August and beyond is:

  • August: Taste n Talk at Burwood Bowls Club – The mysteries of the palate
  • September: One day coach tour of the Surf Coast region
  • October: Annual General Meeting
  • November: Tasmanian tour, November 1 – 7 (three places remaining)
  • December: End of year luncheon and/or picnic
Tasmanian Tour, November 1 – 7, 2020

At this early stage we believe that it would be premature to cancel this tour. However, those who have booked and paid their deposit or full amount can be assured that if the tour is cancelled due to a lack of numbers or the status of COVID-19, they will be refunded their payments in full.

Until a decision about whether to proceed with the tour is made, the cancellation policy outlined on the Function Notice will apply.

Bookings cancelled on or before September 30, 2020 will receive a full refund less $100. Bookings cancelled on or after October 1, 2020 and before October 24, 2020 will receive a 50% refund. Bookings cancelled on or after October 25, 2020 will receive no refund. However, for any cancellation, if your place can be filled from the waiting list a full refund will apply.

We recommend that those who have booked refrain from cancelling until September 30 and continue to pay by instalments. For those who haven’t paid the full amount, the next instalment is due on July 29. There are still 3 places available for the tour. Use the buttons below for more information and to book. Remember, if the tour has to be cancelled, your payments will be refunded in full. If the tour is cancelled it will be rescheduled for 2021 or 2022.

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