3 May & 4 May 2016. Domaine Chandon, Coldstream.
Comedian, Actress and Writer
Chandon Senior Winemaker
Tyson Stelzer is a multi-award winning wine writer, television host and producer, author of 15 wine books, international keynote speaker and wine show chairman and judge. He is the winner of nine awards including International Wine & Spirit Communicator of the Year 2015 and Australian Wine Communicator of the Year 2015. Tyson is the author of The Champagne Guide, now in its fourth edition, and is the sparkling wine reviewer for the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion.
Kate McLennan is an award-winning comedian, actress and writer. She has appeared at numerous comedy festivals and TV shows such as It’s A Date, but perhaps she is best known for her work on The Katering Show where she plays an intolerable foodie opposite her dear, food intolerant friend Kate McCartney. The second series of The Katering Show is released in April 2016.
Meg Brodtmann MW began her winemaking career in Australia before moving to the UK to work as a winemaking consultant for Cellarworld International. A move to Chile saw a colourful CV develop from working as the Senior Winemaker for Viña Morandé to developing her own winemaking and wine education company to introducing the WSET courses to Latin America to consulting to a range of wineries throughout Chile. Returning to Australia in 2008, Meg started Southern Cross Wines (Australia), a winemaking and wine education consultancy. Today she keeps busy teaching WSET courses, training potential WSET Educators and chairing the International Cool Climate Wine Show. In 2002, Meg became Australia’s first female Master of Wine.
Kate became a member of the Institute of Masters of Wine in 2010. Her family started Moorooduc Estate when she was 10 years old and after studying language and theatre – and doing some travel – she came back to the wine industry, first through retail, then with an importer wholesaler. Kate returned to the family business in 2004. Kate writes, teaches and talks about wine. Kate has chaired the Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration in 2013 and 2015 and lives on the Mornington Peninsula working as Marketing and Business Development Manager of Moorooduc Estate. Kate helps with the winemaking and travels as often as she can to wine regions she loves around Australia and further afield: Champagne, Burgundy, Alsace, Piedmont, Tuscany, Alto Adige.
Andrew Caillard MW is one of Australia’s leading authorities on wine. He is a graduate of Roseworthy Agricultural College (Australia’s most respected wine school) and a Master of Wine (winning the prestigious Madame Bollinger Medal for excellence in wine tasting). As the co-founder of Langton’s, the leading wine auction house in the country, Andrew has been a key figure in shaping Australia’s fine wine agenda for over 25 years. In addition, Andrew is Fine Wine Principal of Australia’s largest retail group, a columnist, a wine judge, a documentary producer and a wine producer.
Dionysus is in Dan’s blood, beginning with his father’s own vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula where he roped in Dan to plant, prune and pick throughout his teenage years, and beyond. Dan jumped into the wine retail market, then studied for a Bachelor of Applied Science in Wine. It’s a tale of wanderlust from there, moving between vintages in Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne, and time spent at Coldstream Hills, Yering Station and Mount Langi Ghiran.
Glenn’s interest in the wine game was piqued in his role as restaurant manager many moons ago. His timeline looks a little like this: fine wine retail, Bass Phillip Wines, followed by a four-year spell at De Bortoli in the Yarra Valley, before joining the team at Chandon as Operations Winemaker in 2005. Glenn guides the sparkling production at Chandon after a career spent studying the nuances of cool-climate zones.
Adam brings a love of wine that was ignited during a spell of study and work in hospitality and restaurant management. Brimful of enthusiasm, Adam was welcomed to the Chandon fold in 2002 when he worked his first vintage as cellar hand. Since then, a brief interlude saw Adam dip his toes into the wine game at Scotchman’s Hill, on Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula, but a short time later Adam returned to Chandon for the 2003 vintage and has remained firmly attached ever since.
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