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The Vincast Episode 117 – Former guests at the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival 2017

I was honoured to be invited as a guest to the Makers & Muses event as part of the 2017 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival – which celebrated it’s 25th anniversary this year and coincided with the World’s Top 50 Restaurants Awards Ceremony – and who should be at this unique event but a number of former guests of the podcast. Taking advantage of the opportunity I chatted with them about the 2017 vintage, the MFWF and it’s events, and what the concept of Makers & Muses means to them. Please listen back to all of the previous episodes with these guests to hear more about their incredible journeys!

Episode 81 with Max Allen

Episode 28 with Owen Latta from Eastern Peake

Episode 40 with Bill Downie from William Downie Wines

Episode 49 with Tennille Chalmers from Chalmers Wines

Episode 66 with Patrick Sullivan from Patrick Sullivan Wines

Episode 67 with Dan Buckle from Chandon and Circe Wines

Episode 75 with David LeMire MW from Shaw & Smith and La Linea Wines

Episode 82 with Viv Thomson from Best’s Wines

Episode 93 with Ben Haines from Mount Langi Ghiran and Ben Haines Wines

Episode 55 with Morgan McGlone from Belles Hot Chicken

Episode 48 with Kathy Lane from Fireworks PR

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Best’s Wines Great Western – 31/01/2016

These were wines that I tasted while visiting Best’s Wines in Great Western, on their invitation to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the estate’s establishment , and also to record an episode of The Vincast with owner Viv Thompson. Make sure to listen to the episode to hear how you can win a bottle of the 2014 Bin 0 Shiraz that I tasted. Many thanks again to the Thompson family and everyone at Best’s for the wonderful opportunity, for the bottles of wine, and of course to Fireworks PR for facilitating an amazing visit.

Riesling 2003
Lime sherbet floral. Quite viscous fresh broad, very shy at the moment, possibly an awkward phase.

Riesling 2014
Flinty spritzy zippy zesty like cordial yellow flowers. Nice intensity.

Foudre Ferment Riesling 2014
Lemon barley cordial, a little toasty. Dried pear, toasty honey, crystallised ginger.

Chardonnay 2013
Pithy grapefruit white peach kiwi. Quite toasty but not too flabby, hints of smokiness dried orange and a bit leesy too.

Pinot Noir 2014
Tight light bright lithe cherries strawberries. Actually quite yummy and drinkable.

Dolcetto 2013
Black fruits, sweet black olives, fresh soft but without the bite of Langhe dolcetto.

Riesling 1995
Oily viscous ambrosial lime blossom, walnuts maple syrup blue cheese, apricot. Constantly evolving.

Foudre Ferment Riesling 2015
Toasty almonds, peaches and cream.

Bin. 0 Shiraz 2014
Peppery briny spicy pickles and black fruits. Solid soft focused fresh juicy fruits and spices.

Bin. 0 Shiraz 1984
Savoury earthy meaty leathery red fruits. Still exceptionally fresh bright fruits, lively acids, some dried red fruits but fresh black fruits, rosemary sage, unctuous soft delicious.

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The Vincast Episode 082 – Viv Thomson from Best’s Wines

When the Thomson family bought the Best’s vineyard and winery in the 1920s they were continuing and building on a tradition that began 150 years ago. Great Western is one of the most historic regions in Australian wine, and it is here that some of the oldest vines and winemaking history continue to this day. Viv Thomson is the fourth generation to run this historic estate, and has been involved with the family business for the better part of 50 years. On this episode of The Vincast he shared with me not only his family’s story, but also how the wine industry has changed since the 1960s.

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Viv Thompson from Best's Wines

Viv Thomson from Best’s Wines

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