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!
Patrick Sullivan is one of the most exciting young winemakers in Victoria, and the type of wines he is producing are dramatically changing the discussion about what is wine, what is Australian wine, and what is quality Australian wine. He has recently bought land in West Gippsland and will eventually become the vigneron (both growing the grapes and making the wines) he has so long wanted to be. On this episode he chats about his experiences and philosophies, and why a winemaking degree didn’t really help him much.
Morgan (Morgy) McGlone is never someone who’s done what’s expected, particularly as a chef. His love of authenticity is as famous as his penchant for speaking plainly. He loves accessibility in his food, and this also applies to his love of natural wine. He spoke to me on this episode of The Vincast of his journey through kitchens across the globe, and how he decided to introduce Melbourne to Nashville-style hot chicken with natural wine.
It’s impossible not to like Bill Downie as he is such a down-to-earth person, a brilliantly talented winemaker, and is also incredibly humble. His skills are not his technical prowess, skills which he picked up for the most part learning on the job, but his ability to simply capture the essence of what nature provides in a certain place. He joined me on this episode of The Vincast to discuss his background, his approaches to wine, and how he imparts as little of himself to his pinot noir for William Downie Wines and the singular 1000 Candles from the Yarra Valley.
The Wine Baptism of Fire competition gives amateur winemakers the chance to discover first-hand what is involved under the tutelage of a respected winemaking mentor, and make their first wine from Mount Langi Ghiran fruit. James Fryer was a member of Team Downie which was comprised almost entirely of members of Grossi Florentino service staff, and he joins me to regale us with their Wine BOF experience.
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