The judging team has been announced for the upcoming 2017 Geographe and WA Alternative Varieties Wine Show as lots of exciting things get underway in the background for this year’s show.
Life and Leisure columnist Tim White will lead the judging team this year, which has been carefully selected in the hope of continuing to showcase wines nationally.
Mr White’s extensive career has seen him write for a number of significant publications, notably the Australian Financial Review from 1993 to 2016.
Describing himself as a full-time wine and drinks writer, Mr White is an experienced wine show judge having served as a panel chair at both the Royal Melbourne and Adelaide wine shows. He was also the inaugural chief judge of the Australian Alternative Wine Show (AAVWS) and remains committed to the ‘alternatives’ cause.
Supporting him will be Margaret River Wine Solutions owner Eloise Jarvis. A passionate winemaking consultant, Ms Jarvis has over 20 years experience in the Margaret River and South West regions.
Wrapping up the senior position is one of Australia’s most awarded sommeliers Dan Wegener who was Head Sommelier at Quay in Sydney and penned Australia’s most awarded wine list at Perth’s Print Hall. Mr Wegener is also a recent recipient of the elusive Grand Award by Decanter Magazine in 2015 and, since relocating to the West in 2011, has emerged as a great advocate of Western Australian wine and actively supports the regions.
Arimia Estate vineyard manager and passionate organic farmer Daniel Stocker has been chosen as one associate judge along with Evan Thompson who has worked in more than 20 vintages across Australia, USA, France and Germany.
The 2017 Geographe and WA Alternative Varieties Wine Show judging will be held on September 20 and 21 with masterclasses on September 21 and the Wine Show Dinner on Friday, September 22.