volume 6. all things natural - part II

when we kicked of in june of last year, we stared by talking about 'what is natural wine anyway?'. we certainly covered a lot of ground - we talked about minimal intervention winemaking, organic and biodynamic farming, and we decided that natural wine doesn't have to be any particular colour or variety, or from any particular place, and we established that natural wine isn't new, it's actually really really old. 

but after all that, it was clear that there was still heaps to talk about, and that everybody still had a lot of questions. so we decided to start nswc 2018 with a bang, and try to answer some of those questions. 

on the panel:
robby nethercote - part-time tv-presenter, part-time wine slinger at the lincoln and planner and host of someday sessions, a damn fine time that we highly recommend getting yourself to.
aidan raftery - london born hospitality die-hard who you may know from his time at melbourne institutions such as the press club and maha, and more recently as the owner and proprietor of much beloved persiallade. these days you can find him talking wine about town for vinous.
ryan larkin - wine lover turned importer, his business larkin imports focuses solely on minimal intervention wines, so was a natural (ha!) choice to be on this particular panel.
caroline mooney - winemaker at bird on a wire, born and bred in the yarra valley learning her trade at yering station under tom carson. now with her own label, caroline is also a member of the yarra valley wine growers association.

what we talked about:
what does minimal intervention actually look like? how important are semantics when it comes to all this terminology? we wanted to know if regulation/certification and labelling was important, and if there needs to be rules in place for this kind of thing. what about this vegan wine talk that keeps coming up? why do people care so much about all this, it really seems to get people's blood boiling - why? oh, and let's not forget about.... s u l p h u r.......

we tried to keep it as not serious as possible but things got a bit bloody heated! 

have a listen, if there's anything you want to add or any questions you might have, hit the link in the title of this post and leave us a comment.

disclaimer! the views and opinions expressed in this chat are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official position of not serious wine chats.

you can also listen to our podcast on itunes

volume 5. what's 'cool' in wine these days?

for our last chat of the year we made the most of the start of summer and hosted a fantastic panel at paradise alley in collingwood. we wanted to know 'what's cool in wine?', what's changing and is it all good?

on the panel:
dan sims - our moderator and host. founder of revel (formerly known as bottleshop concepts) an organisation responsible for incredible international events like pinot palooza and game of rhones. dan's a strong advocate for making wine less serious and more accessible, so he was just the guy for this chat
gary mills - winemaker at jamsheed wines gary is now considered a titan in the australian wine scene, producing some of the most exciting single vineyard syrahs and aromatic whites we've had the pleasure of drinking.
brodie comer - after selling wine table-side at some of melbourne's swishest restaurants, brodie dipped her toe into wine marketing and events for new zealand winegrowers before moving full time into distribution, now at havelock wines.
gabrielle poy -  bringing of knowledge through wset at city wine shop, gabrielle really has a way with wine words. a professional sommelier, wine buyer and full time educator, gabrielle has all ten fingers on the pulse when it comes to the wine world.

what's changed since our panelists were first starting out and now? we talked about that 'changing of the guard', not just for the makers and sellers that drive the wine industry but also the people out there drinking the stuff. we looked forward and talked about what we're going to be drinking in five years and what challenges are we going to face as wine lovers. 

but do we truly appreciate what we’re drinking and how it was made, or are we all just in a race to find the new new? (and then instagram it?)

have a listen, if there's anything you want to add or any questions you might have, hit the link in the title of this post and leave us a comment.

disclaimer! the views and opinions expressed in this chat are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official position of not serious wine chats.

you can also listen to our podcast on itunes

volume 4. cheers to the somms! (but what's their job, exactly?)

we still can't quite believe the cracking line up of speakers from the volume 4 panel - what a line up! thank you so much to everyone joined last monday night, the sun was still out, the air was warm and the conversation flowing as we turned our attention to the somms - those very clever bunch of people who still have a bit of a mysterious job, we set out to de-mystify it. 

on the panel: 

bronwyn kabboord, co-owner of much reknowned and beloved merricote, best short wine list winner no less than four times. 
lisa jenkins, maker of fleet wines, wine rep for mac forbes, ex-somm at city wine shop, qualified chef, lisa well and truly knows this industry inside and out.
campbell burton, a fixture of the melbourne (and wider) wine scene with multitude of projects and roles under his belt spanning the last decade, most recently of which is campbell burton wines, where he sources and sells a portfolio of organic and additive free wines.
david moyle, our first chef on the panel, dave needs no introduction. his restaurant franklin is adored, his new venture longsong in melbourne is highly anticipated. he has a keen interest in wine and offered us a great opportunity to see the role of a somm from a chef's perspective.

we talked about how a wine list gets created, and who for and what limitations are faced in that process. how do you balance good hospitality with that never ending influencer - money? is there a difference for men and women somms? how do you become a sommelier and how do we inspire more people to want to do it?

there was a lot to get through, and after two hours we realised it was time to wrap it up. we always love to hear your questions so if you want to know more or need some more info about anything drop us a line or you can comment here by clicking the title of this post. 

disclaimer! the views and opinions expressed in this chat are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official position of not serious wine chats.

you can also listen to our podcast on itunes

volume 3. what's in the glass? fact vs fantasy

such a great chat last monday! audience input was at an all time high and chemistry on the panel was skyrocketing. back in our original home at neighbourhood wine, we talked all things subjective and objective when it comes to what's in your glass. september's a pretty busy time in the wine world, so thank you so much to everyone who found a few hours and came down for a chat. 

on the panel: adam cotterell, general knower-of-all-things-wine, wine buyer at blackhearts & sparrows; pat underwood, winemaker and owner of little reddie, co-founder of boomtown wines; clare burder, educator, communicator, and producer (she does the lot!); and cath willcock, founder of imbibo, importing and distributing wines since '09.

we covered a lot of ground this time around. we talked about what factual things are really in a glass of wine - scientifically or otherwise, flavours, acid, tannin, textures. how do those things compare to ethereal, emotive descriptors - such as 'smoking-a-cigar-in-a-hot-tub' like one of our audience members had remarked. 

we talked a lot about how we taste wine. what we look for, what matters to us and how the context of tasting can really effect the way in which you taste. we talked about things to look for when choosing a bottle off the shelf and how a well informed staff member can be the difference between you getting exactly what you want, or a rude shock when you open the bottle.

does all this stuff matter if it's just about enjoyment?

have a listen, if there's anything you want to add or any questions you might have, hit the link in the title of this post and leave us a comment.

disclaimer! the views and opinions expressed in this chat are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official position of not serious wine chats.

you can also listen to our podcast on itunes

volume 2. the price of plonk - why wine costs what it does

last saturday we were lucky enough to put on a chat at the forum theatre. the forum! we were really thrilled to be able to give some great speakers the chance to speak at a venue of this scale, and a huge thanks to everyone that came and joined us. 

on the panel: adam cotterell, wine guru and retailer at blackhearts and sparrows; laura twomey, owner of paradise alley; david reist, marketing genuis at clonakilla wines; dom valentine, winemaker and scott wasley, importer and distributor at the spanish acquisition.

here's what we talked about:

what's the real difference between a cheap and expensive wine? what's important about the way we serve wine? do winemaker's care about how much their wines are being sold for in restaurants? what happens when you by wine by the case? is someone being exploited? how do you make really cheap wine? 

we touched on some interesting topics, and there's so much to say about the price of plonk that we couldn't fit it all in to one hour, so hit the link in the blog title to leave any questions or comments. 

disclaimer! the views and opinions expressed in this chat are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official position of not serious wine chats.

you can also listen to our podcast on itunes

volume 1. what is natural wine anyway?

a giant thanks to everyone who made it to our first event at neighbourhood wine on a cold monday night. we had a blast! some seriously interesting topics broken down in this chat, some great one-liners and some stellar questions from the audience. 

on the panel: dave mackintosh, winemaker at arfion and salo wines; liam o'brien, sommelier, wine buyer and winemaker at athletes of wine; liz carey, importer and distributor at wine and food solutions; and ash boburka, sommelier and very clever wine man at rockpool bar and grill. 

got some questions? let's keep the conversation going. we'd love to hear about your natural wine experiences, both great and downright terrible. do you love the stuff? or not so much? what's your take? click the heading up above and leave us a comment. 

disclaimer! the views and opinions expressed in this chat are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official position of not serious wine chats.

you can listen to the chats here, and on apple itunes podcasts as well