Last week we had a visit from US Journalist Joe Czerwinski from The Wine Enthusiast. He came to the Great southern to learn more about our wines. A group of us from the Great Southern Wine Producers got together and showcased the wines of the Great Southern. Wineries included Plantagenet, Harewood, Frankland estate, Trevelen , Wignalls and Galafrey Wines.
We tried Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Galafrey Wines looked very comfortable amongst some great wines and at times out shone the bracket of wines (my bias opinion of course). Then we sat down to a beautiful dinner at the old Hassel Homestead of The Rocks in Albany. Kookas catered with a seafood plate- whiting was outstanding! Slow cooked beef, Pana Cotta with fresh local strawberries and local cheeses- I fell in love with the mouse!
With the dinner we showcase some of our older wines. I particularly like the old chardonnays from Harewood a 2001 and Wignalls 2005. Great, and amazing, to see such old Chardonnays holding up so well.
I love these events because I am able to see what other winemakers wines are like in the area and we showcase our wines as a region to overseas journalists who live a far, far away. It is a great opportunity.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine is a lifestyle magazine covering wine, food, spirits, travel and entertaining topics. It was founded in 1988 by Adam and Sybil Strum and reaches 800,000 readers. Its wine ratings, conducted by reviewers in major wine-producing areas of the world, comprise a large section of the magazine.
Managing Editor of Digital and Print for Wine Enthusiast Media
Reviews wines from Australia, New Zealand and the Rhône.
In his role, Czerwinski manages all aspects of digital and print production for Wine Enthusiast Magazine as well as helping drive the creative direction of the dynamic online and print publications. Czerwinski has been a wine journalist, editor and taster for over a decade and is a regular wine panelist, speaker and educator for events and organizations worldwide. Czerwinski was previously Senior Editor and Tasting Director for Wine Enthusiast Media.