not serious wine chats

nswc x bottletops 18

right, it's time to fly the coop. along with the rest of melbourne, we're heading down to tasmania for dark mofo in june, and we figure while we're there, may as well have a chat. 

our friends at franklin in hobart are hosting their annual bottletops event on june 24th in tassie. it's a day of wine, wine and wine - and since every winemaker and his neighbour are showing their beautiful drops here, we're hosting a little not serious wine chat riiiight in the middle. ripper. 

we'll be hosting an hour of power from 12:00pm-1:00pm, right before bottletops kicks off. we're talking all things tassie wine and have a stellar panel to bring the chat. 

this is a free event for bottletops ticket holders.

come switch your brain on before you taste all the delicious things.

the speakers:


Ashley Huntington

Ashley established TwoMetreTall on a farm 14 years ago. With an honours degree in Chemistry, post-graduate training in oenology & international experience as a winemaker he started brewing, inspired by the hop growing heritage of the region.
Be ready to have everything you think you know about brewing challenged. Yes, it's not wine, but it's damn interesting! Ashley is fiercely passionate, and a staple of the beverage industry of Tasmania. A good reminder for us that grapes aren't everything!



Kate Christensen

Our guest-moderator for this chat, Kate is an experienced and passionate Sommelier who has worked in Melbourne, Sydney, London and now slings wine at our Hobart host venue, Franklin. You may have been lucky enough to have visited one of her Food + Wine pop ups with her parter, chef Mal Meiers - although they've spent a large chunk of last year touring around Europe! Kate is out there daily on the front lines of the Tasmanian wine industry - she knows what people want - and we can't wait to hear all about it.



Steve Lubiana

Winemaker, owner and operator at Stefano Lubiana, Steve is bringing a lifetime of knowledge and experience to our panel for this chat. A fifth generation family business of winemakers and vignerons, established in Tasmania in 1990 and before that in the Riverland, South Australia where Steve's Grandfather first established the Lubiana brand in Australia in 1954. A small operation of 25ha, fully certified biodynamic with a focus on Pinot Noir, the Stafano Lubiana label is not one you could go very far in Hobart without seeing. What's been happening in the Tasmanian Wine Industry all these years? Well, Steve was there, he can tell us. 



Ricky Evans

Born and raised in Launceston, Ricky is the man behind Two Tonne Tasmania. He put in his time with the books studying winemaking in Adelaide, before heading to the USA, and doing vintage stints in Germany, the UK and Italy. Eventually home beckoned, and Ricky returned to Tasmania and worked his way up to Winemaker at Bay of Fires. His solo project, which is now his main focus, has been a finalist for the young gun of wine award no less than three years running (he even won the people's choice award in 2016!). He's a young-gun-turning-big-gun, and we're stoked to have him join us.