The 26th Clare Valley Wine Show will go ahead this year – with the official lunch taking place at five different restaurants.
Wine Show Committee Chair Steve Baraglia, chief winemaker of Pikes Wines felt it was “critical to proceed”.
“Albeit with quite a few changes in place,” he says.
“We will be following the new ASVO guidelines, judging will be held in a larger venue to allow for additional spacing, no sharing of benches or glasses, fresh lab coats will be used daily, and PPE for stewards dealing with dirty glasses.
“Spittoons will be placed well away from the tasting benches to prevent droplet splatter.”
The lunch will take place at Eldredge Wines, O’Leary Walker, Paulett Wines, Reilly’s and SLATE at Pikes to comply with the 50-person maximum restriction.
“This will add a bit of a novelty to the day with everyone together for the trophy presentation, then hopping on buses for the lunch and then all meeting up again at the end of the day for the after party,” Steve says.
The competition includes 25 classes with 19 trophies up for grabs.
General Manager Lucy O’Brien says, “The Wine Show provides an opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of our winemakers and growers, to benchmark against their peers, to promote our successes to the broader market and for the industry to come together. After such a challenging year it is much needed.”
Entries close on Friday 4 September and can be submitted online here.
Nick Ryan is chairman of judges and judging will take place from Tuesday 13 October to Thursday 15 October.
Trophy presentations, seated canapes and pre-drinks will be held at the Clare Town Hall from 11am on Friday 16 October before bus transfers to the five local restaurants.
Photograph: Jeffrey Grosset (Mike Smith).