Despite the comical nature of the above photograph, I have had a productive couple of weeks in wine.
Recently I discovered that I had made it into the Working With Wine fellowship, an annual wine program for 120 wine enthusiasts nationally that offers participants to attend two educational seminars with talks by leading industry figures. The first seminar is in a week’s time and I am thoroughly looking forward to it.
The goal of the program for those unaware is as follows: “It is our aim, that by the end of the program year, participants will understand a lot more about wine, motivating them to work towards maintaining the momentum our quality wine and food culture has achieved over the last decade and thereby ensuring the future success of the Australian wine industry.”
In other good news, last week I received a surprise invitation to Judge at the next Royal Melbourne Wine Awards to be held in early October.
“Judge?”, I queried the organiser? “Are you sure you don’t mean Associate Judge, as I had done the previous two years?”
Apparently I was not mistaken. Fortunately, the latest Chairman of Judges, Tom Carson, has decided to give me a go in this new position. I really do hope not to disappoint and am again very much looking forward to a new challenge.
This is how some of you might imagine I will look while I judge at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards…bear in mind that robes have not been part of the dress-code for the last few years! Oh…and the white hair was never obligatory either. Phew.