Young Guns of Wine
Wow what a great event to catch up with interested wine consumers! Jo was nominated as one of the 12 Young Guns of Wine for 2016. Check out http://younggunsofwine.com/about-us to see what the fuss is about. The Melbourne public tasting was on 30th June at Prince Wine Store - Jo and I poured the wines she’d submitted: the 2015 The Affable Barbera and the 2015 The Alluring Tempranillo. These grape varieties originating from Italy and Spain respectively garnered loads of interest and we enjoyed pouring and sharing them with keen customers. We were proud to see such a strong Victorian representation in the competitors and winners. These awards look for innovation, intensity, regional authenticity and a point of difference.
Tick tick tick tick for Billy Button wines. The varietal interest and the approachability of the wines were paramount in the comments we received. Folks were interested to know the history of the varietals, and also the intriguing history of the North East and particularly the Alpine Valleys as a region where Italian (and other) prisoners of war were held during WW2. The immigrants willingly replaced the labour of those men gone to war and they brought their love of wine, coffee, home grown produce and familial hospitality to the region. And they stayed.
The region embraced them and is now blessed with wonderful alternative grape varieties grown by passionate local producers.
Jo works closely with the growers to maximise fruit quality and takes pride in producing wines of outstanding quality reflecting the grape itself and the benefits of the climate. And she doesn’t stop at those more familiar ... check out the website for the new releases of Refosco and Schippotino (although both are sold out now) and don’t lose the chance to check out Fiano and Fruilano. So much goodness. Gutsy wines begging for good food and good friends.
Go for the unknown and let us know when you’ve tried them. We look forward to your feedback!