'We’re tempted to swap some of the interstate stuff': Sydney convention centre

DROPPING IN: International Convention Centre Sydney cellar manager William Wilson, chief executive officer Geoff Donaghy and Philip Shaw Wines' Daniel Shaw. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1013jnswwine1
DROPPING IN: International Convention Centre Sydney cellar manager William Wilson, chief executive officer Geoff Donaghy and Philip Shaw Wines' Daniel Shaw. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1013jnswwine1

MONTHS after a number of Orange wines were selected for the International Convention Centre Sydney in a blind tasting, the venue’s representatives met the people behind the wines and now hope to add a few more to their offerings. 

Chief executive officer Geoff Donaghy and cellar manager William Wilson visited Swinging Bridge Wines, Philip Shaw Wines, Small Acres Cyder and Printhie Wines  on Friday.

They were also due to attend the Ross Hill Wines and Tom Kime Spice Feast and the Orange Regional Farmers Markets on Saturday before returning to Sydney. 

Mr Wilson, who was part of the Orange Wine Show judging panel earlier in the week, said the experience was also useful in introducing himself to other wines he had not already tasted. 

“We wanted to come out here and talk to the suppliers we already had and look for a couple of new ones,” he said.

“The stories [behind the wine] do not change the impression of the wine itself, but it really helps when you’re selling wine to guests to know the story behind it.”

The convention centre already has Orange wines making up 27 per cent of its wine list. 

“We’re tempted to swap some of the interstate stuff,” Mr Wilson said.

SAMPLE SWILL: Aimee, Anne, Sam and Steve Coulter try wine's from Cumulus' Yasmin Denby at Union Bank Wine Bar. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1013jkub1

SAMPLE SWILL: Aimee, Anne, Sam and Steve Coulter try wine's from Cumulus' Yasmin Denby at Union Bank Wine Bar. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1013jkub1

Festival events under $100

Saturday

  • Orange Farmers Market 8.30am-12pm, Orange Showground
  • Bubbly Brunch 10-11.30am, Tonic, $45
  • Riesling tasting 11am-12pm, Colmar, $25
  • Second Mouse Cheese @ the Butter Factory 11am-2pm, Philip Shaw
  • Dindima’s Gourmet Picnic Barbecue 11.30am-3pm, Dindima Wines
  • Music in the Vines 12-4pm, Twisted River Wines, $65
  • The Song Company 6.30-8.30pm, Orange Regional Conservatorium, $35
  • Cumulus pop-up cellar door 12-6pm, Union Bank

Sunday

  • Graze at the Grounds (Winery and farm) 10am-3pm, Philip Shaw Wines
  • Platter with Wine 10am-5pm, Boree Lane Wines, $15
  • Small Acres Cyder Big 10th Birthday Sale 10am-4pm
  • Wine Discovery – Think Pink 11.30am-1pm, Percy’s Bar and Kitchen, $25
  • Harvest Lunch at Hillside 12.30-4.30pm, Hillside Harvest, $95
  • Cumulus pop-up cellar door 12-6pm, Union Bank

For more information, visit www.emagcloud.com/brandorange/OrangeWineFestival2017/