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Next Generation Hunter Valley, Caravan of Courage 2013, Pop Up Wine Bar

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by Madeline Link (subscribe)
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Crispy and fruity with a delicious earthy undertone

As a 19 year old with a penchant for cheap and nasty wines (and I use the term 'wines' very lightly here) I'll admit I was no expert in the field of finer things. There was a whole greener pasture out there and I was about to get a delicious introduction. Starting with white wines I was introduced to Andrew Thomas, a brewer since 1997 specialising in Semillon and Shiraz. Before leaving I'd mentally noted a whole bunch of terribly pretentious words in the hope I could bluff my way into the almost poetic art of describing wine, and I was ready to use them. But upon meeting Andrew it was clear these boys knew a thing or two about their business and I was about to get a serious education in Wine Appreciation 101.

The vibe was upbeat as people bustled about discussing the wines and taking in the beautiful views of the Newcastle harbour and for a moment I could almost pretend I wasn't easily the youngest person there. Each of the brewers was undeniably knowledgeable and happily answered all of my rookie-esque questions about how they make their wines (apparently they don't crush the grapes in a giant tub with their feet anymore, who knew?) what inspired their flavours and what it's like to be in the business. Everyone is open and conversation is welcomed, it's a great social event for anyone looking to meet some new people and have an undoubtedly great time.

I definitely recommend giving the pop up wine bar a visit; it's the perfect balance between entertainment, education and the feeling you only get relaxing on a Sunday afternoon.
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Why? Because wine is great.
When: Saturday 4 May / 3pm 6pm
Where: The Landing Bar & Kitchen, 1 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle
Cost: $35
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