Stirring up some controversy

Photo: Daniel Mahon

Are classic wines such as chardonnay and cabernet being overlooked in favour of increasingly obscure varietals?

Join us at this year’s Acqua Panna Global Wine Experience and dive straight into one of the wine industry’s most hotly debated topics right now.

Foremost American wine critic Robert M Parker Jr threw down an impassioned gauntlet on his website last year.

He noted a widespread trend in the wine world to seek out the ‘next big thing’. He proposed that people are driven to try wines based on their obscurity rather than their quality.  

His strong opinions drew debate far and wide, most notably from one of the world’s most respected wine communicators, Jancis Robinson OBE MW.

Jancis weighed in with her thoughts in her Financial Times column and on her own website. She highlighted Australian chardonnay as an example of a classic variety doing things right (Thanks Jancis!).

Her stance was a little less heated, citing that she couldn’t be more supportive of indigenous grape varieties and maximum biodiversity. However, this came with a caveat that some people’s "desire for ever more obscure ferments is clouding some people’s choices."

Acqua Panna Global Wine Experience will bring together twelve incredible wines per session so you can form an opinion on the debate for yourself.

Guided by expert panellists, these masterclasses will uncover the myths behind the wines.

Book 'The Classics', Saturday 28 February, 3.30pm - 5.00pm, $150

Moderated by Max Allen

  • David Bicknell (Oakridge Wines)
  • Vanya Cullen (Cullen Wines)
  • Tim Kirk (Clonakilla)
  • Ainslie Lubbock (Pei Modern)

Book 'The Not-So-Classics', Sunday, 1 March, 3.30pm - 5.00pm, $120

Moderated by Mike Bennie

  • Lisa Perotti-Brown MW (editor in chief Robert Parkers Wine Advocate)
  • Seb Crowther MS (head sommelier Rockpool Group)
  • Kathleen Quealy (Quealy Wines)
  • Rollo Crittenden (Crittenden Estate)

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