International sommeliers fell in love with Tasmanian wine

TASMANIAN WINE CONVERT: Sommelier Joo Lee from Eleven Madison Park New York at Josef Chromy Wines, Relbia, said he was considering adding Tasmanian sparkling wine to his by-the-glass list. Picture: Phillip Biggs

TASMANIAN WINE CONVERT: Sommelier Joo Lee from Eleven Madison Park New York at Josef Chromy Wines, Relbia, said he was considering adding Tasmanian sparkling wine to his by-the-glass list. Picture: Phillip Biggs

When 50 sommeliers from the world’s best restaurants visited Australian wine regions this month, they were blown away by Tasmanian wines.

More than 650 Australian wines, including several Tasmanian choices, were showcased to leading sommeliers from UK, US, Thailand, Japan, Spain, China, Korea, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia as part of Wine Australia’s Somms of the World program.

Joo Lee from Eleven Madison Park, New York, loved the sense of place evoked in Tasmanian wines.

“I’m looking for wines that have a sense of place and a story about where it’s coming from,” Mr Lee said.

The sommeliers tasted more than 2600 bottles of wine from 42 regions during the 10-day program, Wine Australia chief executive Andreas Clark said.

“We hope this converts to a greater presence and more diversity of Australian wine in their restaurants,” Mr Clark said.

Sommeliers visited Josef Chromy Wines, Tamar Ridge, Devil’s Corner, Moorilla Winery and Lark Distillery.

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