Brown Brothers Tasting – Next event, April 2012


Date: Wednesday 11 April, 2012

Time: 7:45 pm – 10:00 pm

Venue: Johnsonville Community Centre Hall. How to get here.

Presenter: Bernie Atkins, Central Representative

Members: $12, Guests: $16

Brown Brothers believe that wines are as different as the people who drink them which is why they have developed such a comprehensive range of wine styles and blends. Read on…

In 1885 John Francis Brown, aged 18, planted 10 acres of mostly Riesling, Muscat and Shiraz grapes on the Milawa property that the family had purchased in a land auction back in 1857. Located in the lower reaches of the King Valley in North East Victoria, the Milawa Vineyard is the birth place of the Brown Brothers company. The Milawa Vineyard has become the fruit source for renowned wines such as Patricia Noble Riesling, Shiraz Mondeuse & Cabernet and Dolcetto, and is the home to Brown Brothers’ winemaking facilities.

Brown Brothers believe that wines are as different as the people who drink them which is why they have developed such a comprehensive range of wine styles and blends. With vineyards located in a diverse range of climatic regions and a ‘kindergarten’ winery specifically designed for innovation, you can be sure there’s an exceptional Brown Brothers wine to suit every palate.

Bernie will be presenting the following wines from their extensive range:

Quaffer: Zibibbo Rosa – a low-alcohol sparkling pink wine.

  1. Prosecco
  2. Pinot Griggio (this will be a nice contrast to the Pinot Gris we have been tasting)
  3. Tempranillo
  4. Patricia Cabernet Sauvignon ( this will be the highlight of the evening)
  5. Dolcetto & Syrah
  6. Moscato
  7. Tawny Port

Let’s sit back and enjoy a presentation on wines produced by an iconic Australian wine producer.

Quote for the Month – Sept 2011

“You have only so many bottles in
your life, never drink a bad one.”

~ Len Evans

Len Evans was born in England 1930 of Welsh parents. He migrated to New Zealand in 1953, then to Australia in 1955. After various experiences, he became the first regular wine columnist in Australia (1962), he was the founding director of the Australian Wine Bureau (1965), and he wrote the first major encyclopedia of Australian Wine (1973). He was one of the first leaders to recognise that the future of Australian wine lay in table wines rather than in the sweet fortified wines in which the country then specialized. He died in August 2006.

Next Event – Sept 2011

Neudorf Vineyards Wednesday 14h September, 7.45 for 8 pm Johnsonville Community Centre Hall, 3 Frankmoore Avenue, Johnsonville Members: $16, Guests: $20 Presenter: Judy Finn

Judy Finn - Owner at Neudorf Vineyards.
Judy Finn – Owner at Neudorf Vineyards.

Do you need a respite from the Rugby World Cup 2011? Then this week’s tasting with Judy and her daughter will be the perfect tonic to do that. As most members know Neudorf vineyards is an iconic NZ vineyard that not only has been operating for over 33 years, but it has marked its progress with a string of international awards for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This week we will get to taste their new releases and decide whether we think that they measure up to the wines that were released last year to such critical acclaim. We will start with the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc when you arrive and the tasting proper will look at the following wines:

  • Brightwood Reisling 2010
  • Moutere Chardonnay 2010
  • Nelson Chardonnay 2010
  • Maggie’s Block Pinot Gris 2011
  • Moutere Pinot Noir 2009
  • Tom’s Block Pinot Noir 2009NeudorfI hope you share my sense of excitement at our good fortune to have Neudorf visit us this Wednesday. I look forward to seeing you there.

PS. One of the reasons for Neudorf’s success is their innovation and eagerness to try new things. And this flair for innovation extends to their website. Go to their home page and you can join their Twitter updates or click on a couple of web cams and view the activity in the vineyard.