15 Minutes on Chardonnay | Variety Focus Series | June 2021

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This session is part of CONNECT Conversation's monthly Variety Focus Series.

On the first Tuesday of every month, we will uncover the uniqueness of Australia’s climate, landscape and regional wines through the lens of a specific variety or style. June is Chardonnay month.

Wine Australia's Mark Davidson talks about the evolution of Australian Chardonnay and the major regions where it is grown, and chats with Steve Flamsteed, Giant Steps Chief Winemaker, about regionally distinctive Chardonnays and why Yarra Valley is such an exciting region for Chardonnay

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Mark Davidson

Head of Education – Americas, Wine Australia

Born in London and raised in Sydney, Mark has over 35 years of experience in the hotel, restaurant and wine business. During his 15 years as a sommelier, he was named Sommelier of the Year at the Vancouver Wine Festival in 2001 and won the Spirited Industry Professional in 2014. Following his experience as a sommelier, Mark has produced numerous wine education and restaurant etiquette courses. As a Department Head and Instructor with the International Sommelier Guild, he was instrumental in the on-going development of the curriculum and has taught classes in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas. Mark joined Wine Australia in 2009 and he has been in the Education team since 2013. Outside of his day-to-day role, he is also an annual judge at Texsom International Wine Awards, Sunset Magazine and LA International wine competitions.