Here in South Australia we’re blessed with an abundance of award-winning wineries in every direction. From McLaren Vale to the Clare Valley and everywhere in between, our state is home to an impressive selection of the country’s leading wineries and winemakers.
With world-class vineyards and cellar doors on our doorstep, it’s easy to forget we live in the heartland of Australian wine and the official Great Wine Capital of the World.
While I’m always up for a road trip out to the regions, I’m also the first to admit I can get a little too comfortable with my trusty bottle of Rosé in neglect of the wonderful world of wine at my fingertips.
Luckily the Royal Australian Wine Show’s Taste of the Best returns to the Adelaide Showground this Friday, bringing Australia’s best drops together under one roof.
From buttery Champagne to burgundy Pinot Noir and all of the shades of tangerine, blush and rose in between, there’s something for everyone as the Wine Show pops more than 2600 bottles for our tasting pleasure.
As Taste of the Best celebrates its 21st year in 2019, visitors will once again be treated to the best regional and fine wines, and a range of rare single varietals including Gewürztraminer, Piquepoul, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Meuiner and Alicante Boushchet.
The best bit? It’s a choose your own adventure where you pour the tastings.
Shedding the pretence often associated with wine tasting, Taste of the Best encourages you to get up close and personal with the bottles and get experimental with the tasting order.
Looking to take your tasting experience to the next level? For just an additional $10, enjoy early access to the Show’s impressive line-up with a wine education masterclass facilitated by the National Wine Education and Training Centre.
Or awaken your inner sommelier and learn how varietal specific glassware can enhance the flavour and aroma of your favourite drop with the Riedel Sensory Workshop. Sip Sauvignon Blanc, Oaked Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet from expertly matched glasses and uncover the real impact of the shape and size of your glass. Tickets are a steal at $149 a place, including a set of four Riedel Performance glasses to take home valued at $199.90.
The Royal Adelaide Wine Show is the nation’s most prestigious show of its kind. Featuring the best wines from 376 leading Australian wineries, the Show attracts the best in the business and encourages locals to rediscover home grown offerings and look further afield.
“It’s a special opportunity for people to taste an expansive range of wine all in the one place. We have many wineries and independent winemakers taking park in this year’s event, with approximately 70 per cent of wines represented from South Australia,” says Wine Committee Chair Greg Follett.
The finest pours from local and national producers will go head to head as the Wine Show showcases the cream of the crop to be judged by a panel of esteemed judges.
Demonstrative of the calibre of the judging, this year’s panel is headed by one of Australia’s most experienced and talented winemakers Louisa Rose.
Chief Winemaker at Yalumba since 2006, Louisa has forged a reputation as one of the world’s most respected winemakers. She is an active member of Barossa winemaking fraternity The Barons of Barossa, a Director of the Australian Wine Research Institute, and co-chair of the South Australian Agribusiness Council.
There is perhaps no one better suited to determine Australia’s best pours. So why not leave the judging to the experts and kick off the long weekend the right way with a glass of world class vino in hand.
All tickets include entry to Taste of the Best, a tasting glass to take home, cocktail food offerings and live music by South Australian country musician Tanya Cornish.
WHEN: Friday 4 October 2019, 6.00 pm – 8.30 pm
WHERE: Wayville Pavilion, Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Road, Wayville
TICKETS: from $70 here