Presented by Christina Pickard “The Young Guns of Australian Wine”
The tasting will feature wines from a special selection of Australian producers. They will include wines from:
Jamsheed, was an ancient Persian king who left grapes to ferment in storage jars over the winter.Winemaker Gary Mills, an Australian born Literature major, spent 2 years under the tutelage of California’s Ridge Vineyard’s legendary founder and winemaker Paul Draper.Si Vintners, 100% organic/biodynamic vintners, prides itself for its wines’ expression of the land the grapes grow on, with minimal intervention in the vineyard and the winery.
·Ochota Barrels, a Wine and Spirits Top 100 Wineries of the World, with wines by Amber and Taras Ochota, an oenology graduate winemaker who in his youth was a surfer and punk band rocker!
Brash Higgins, whose founder Brad Hickey, originally from Chicago, was the first American sommelier to work for Daniel Boulud, as the wine director of Café Boulud, and Michelin starred Bouley and Danube.
Our speaker Christina Pickard is a Kingston-based professional wine writer, educator, and presenter, and Contributing Editor to Wine Enthusiast, reviewing and reporting on the wines of Australia and New Zealand. Having lived abroad in both the U.K. and Australia for over 13 years, Christina appeared regularly as a wine expert on the BBC Good Food Channel’s Market Kitchen, and co-hosted the wine podcast The Crush: Wine Talk Unfiltered. She heads up the social media and online marketing for London's The Real Wine Fair, as well as for importers Les Caves de Pyrene. In Australia, Christina founded and ran the School of Wine. Her articles can be found around the world in Decanter, Harpers Wine & Spirit, The Drinks Business, Imbibe, Gourmet Traveler Wine, James Halliday’s Wine Companion, Wine Enthusiast, Food & Wine, and Afar travel magazine. Christina moved to the Mid- Hudson Valley in 2015.