Wine Australia’s annual Winter Trade Tastings returned to Toronto February 7, bringing more fine Australian wines and exciting discoveries than ever before!
The Illuminated seminar showcased an exciting flight of wines that were selected by the local panellists and presented to somms and media. These were the wines that inspired our influential panellists to take a closer look at the wines, regions, styles, and winemaking practices of Australia, and the panellist commentary on their experiences made for compelling and unique seminars.
Aaron Ridgway, Head of Market Wine Australia Americas noted, ‘This week’s panels confirmed that curiosity and appreciation for Australian fine wines is taking off. The vast knowledge and personal storytelling contributed by each panellist led to very positive feedback from attendees and a sense that even seasoned tasters have much to discover and learn.’
Following the Illuminated seminar, 85 members of the trade and media explored Australia’s history, evolution, and revolution as they tasted over 55 wines from an exciting cross-section of producers, regions, and styles.
- Jake Skakun, Grey Gardens
- Will Predhomme, Predhomme Inc.
- Lorie O'Sullivan, Ritz-Carlton (Toca)
- Christopher Sealy, Alo Restaurant
- Sébastien Le Goff, Cactus Club Cafe
- Emily Pearce, Barberian's Steak House
The positivity and excitement for premium Australian wine continues to build momentum in North America. As demand in Ontario grows, so do the opportunities for discovery of Australia’s diverse wine styles, GIs, and premium offerings.