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November 2013

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Dancers and didgeridoo players at Adelaide Central Market. "Back and Open for Business" DIDGERIDOOS BLARING, SAVOUR AUSTRALIA 2013 PUTS THE FOCUS ON WINES FROM DOWN UNDER by Kate Webber / photos by John Krüger I Josh Wesson (left), sommelier, author and Best Cellars founder, with Chester Osborn of d'Arenberg. n September, more than 750 wine professionals from around the world converged upon Adelaide for Savour Australia 2013, the largest Australian wine forum ever held. Over three days attended business panels on market trends, had dinners in boathouses and galleries and attended tastings in libraries and museums. The country's top chefs prepared their favorite dishes and presented them to us paired with iconic glasses of wine. There was no holding back, nothing under the table. Because as Jeremy Oliver, wine writer and Savour's Master of Ceremonies said on the very first day, "Australia is back and open for business." Andrew Cheesman, Wine Australia's Chief Executive, said the event "aimed to get the world's wine influencers excited about and engaged with Australian wine." To engage us, the first evening we were invited to a celebration in the Adelaide Central Market, where among the didgeridoos, cheese stalls and buckets of freshly shucked oysters was a strategically mapped tasting, with every section of the marketplace representing a different wine region in Australia. In a row dedicated to Barossa Valley, winemaker John Duval told me, "We hope to correct some of the misconceptions about Australian wine. We need not just to be referred to as an Australian style, or even a Barossa style. This should add nuance and depth to Australia. A great opportunity for people to see in depth what Australia can do." 90  /  the tasting panel  /  november 2013 TP1113_066-107.indd 90 10/24/13 9:25 AM

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