On April 18 in Melbourne, and April 23 in Brisbane, we brought a caravan of fabulousness to town in the form of Women, Wine & Shoes – which included Australia’s (and possibly the world’s) first shoe and wine matching event.
And wasn’t it a blast! Both events were absolutely packed with wine loving women, curious to try some of the 5o different wines on offer, meet the fabulous women behind the wines, shop the latest Autumn/Winter 2013 collection from SpencerLacy and gawp at the shoes from Bared (in Melbourne) and Nat-Sui (in Brisbane), before cozy-ing around the catwalk to witness the grandeur – and total hilarity – of the wine and shoe matching fashion parade.
(See here for the full details of the parade, and the shoes and the wines that were matched.)
These events were incredibly controversial. To say we ruffled some feathers would be an understatement. If you weren’t already aware, our Women, Wine & Shoes events have had some of the traditionalists in the wine industry in a bit of a spin.
Because – c’est travesti! – you cannot pair wine and shoes! Non, non! This is sacrilege! (We were even accused of “dumbing down wine” – apparently wine has an innate intelligence that must be protected.)
The reaction was so sharp that it even caused one of Australia’s most revered wine writers, Max Allen, to write about it in his regular column in The Weekend Australian. (You can read that here or here.)
But here at The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society we’re not worried about tradition. And if we’ve caused a few waves in creating these events then I’m personally pleased. Our passion is to engage with female wine consumers in a fresh, new and inclusive way, and to create wine events that are fun, that openly celebrate the feminine, and – wherever possible – allow us to shine a spotlight on the amazing women working in the wine industry. We think it’s long overdue.
“Our passion is to…create wine events that are fun, that openly celebrate the feminine, and – wherever possible – allow us to shine a spotlight on the amazing women working in the wine industry. We think it’s long overdue.”
At these events we were lucky enough to have eleven of Australia’s most incredible women of the wine industry involved, pouring their wines for a room filled with (almost exclusively) female wine consumers, and having the chance to chat with consumers directly about their wine and their passion for their work.
We want to take this opportunity to again personally thank all of the fabulous women of wine for being involved in these exciting and ground breaking events. They are:
– Charley May, Fowles Wine
– Caroline Brown, Katherine & Emma Brown, Brown Brothers
– Corrina Wright & Briony Oliver, Oliver’s Taranga
– Judy Kelly, ArtWine
– Jan Siemelink-Allen, Barristers Block
– Christobelle Anderson, Anderson Winery
– Kathleen Quealy, Quealy Wines
– Louise Hemsley-Smith, Spring Seed Wine Company
– Danielle Jones & Sophie Jones, Monument Vineyard
– Paola Rhymer, Summit Estate (Brisbane only)
– Rebecca Duffy, Holm Oak Vineyard (Melbourne only)
Check out the full photo albums showing all the fabulousness and find yourself if you were there!
Check out the wine and shoe matching fashion parade!
By Jane Thomson