We highly recommend you follow Aussie based wine blogger, Gabriella Fois, better known as @thewineabout on Instagram, Gabriella works at Annandale cellars in Sydney’s inner West suburbs, so knows her stuff, and has a beautiful way of imparting her wine wisdom via her Instagram posts.
We’ve quizzed Gabriella for her thoughts on what’s happening in the wine & Champagne industry:
Tell us a bit about you and your relationship with the wine industry
Working in a pub changed to working in a wine cellar. My love for wine started with my first glass of wine – it was an Alsace Pinot Gris. I was confused by the whole topic and thought I am going to find out more! Weeks later I was booked into WSET level 2, now I am onto the diploma. I have done the whole hospitality thing; it is no longer for me. I now work at one of the best wine cellars in Sydney, if not Australia.
How have you seen the wine/Champagne industry change in 2016?
Everyone is becoming more aware, not just with wine but everything. There is more focus on Grower Champagnes.
People are less stubborn and are willing to try something new and support the little guys like “Natural Wine” and skin-contact whites (Orange wine). People are constantly coming in and asking for the stuff, and half the time they do not know what they are asking for but have just heard about it. The Natural wine movement has come a long way so it is easy to point them in the right direction of clean natural wines.
What trends do you see looking ahead for 2017?
Natural, Skin-contact and Pet Nat wines will continue to grow. With the emphasis on supporting local growers who are adding nothing to the wine, bar a little SO2. I find people are becoming more adventurous across all age brackets.
Wine by the glass is a hot topic within the trade – when you dine & drink out what do you look for in a wine by the glass offer?
Options, too many times have I encountered a list with only 2 white wines by the glass. By the glass I am looking for food friendly wines. Riesling, Chablis, Pinot Noir, Sagiovese… I also think it’s good to have something funky on the list whether it be a glass of natural wine, or a wine from a lesser-known country like Georgia or Romania.
Any really memorable wine by the glass experiences from your travels around the world?
A little cafe in Paris… of course I don’t remember the name! It had several wines by the glass and each offering was from a different region. I thought that was a great idea for tourists- travel across France through the glass whilst sitting a block away from the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
What are the top 3 things you look for when choosing a glass of wine?
- Firstly I will see if there is anything quirky like a varietal I have not tasted, if that fails.
How can people find you/follow you online?
You can follow me on Instagram – @thewineabout. Wine – never stop learning!
We always love hearing from our customers, so please send us your own wine & Champagne #perfectserve selfies & snaps! You can find us at: @LeVerredeVin on Twitter or @BermarCollection on Instagram, and Gabriella at: @thewineabout