Global Cabernet Sauvignon Comparative Tasting

12 May 2021: 4:00pm (BST), 11:00am (EDT)
14 May 2021: 10:00am (HKT), 12:00pm (AEST)
12 - 14 May 2021 Australia & Asia , North America & Europe
12 - 14 May 2021
Details &
Australia & Asia , North America & Europe

Explore what makes Australian Cabernet Sauvignon far from ordinary

Cabernet Sauvignon is an integral part of Australia’s wine heritage, successful both as a single varietal wine and as a dominant feature in classic blends. It is also now the most widely planted grape variety globally, accounting for nearly 7% of the world’s vineyard area, indicating the continuing popularity for these wines.

Join us for a global discussion exploring the rich heritage of Australian Cabernet Sauvignon and how it fits in a global fine wine context through benchmarking with international comparisons. We’ll discuss some of the key Cabernet producing regions and most revered producers with our expert panellists: Mary Gorman-McAdams MW, John Szabo MS and Oz Clarke.

Our panellists will be tasting and discussing the following wines:

  • Wynns ‘Black Label’ Coonawarra 2015
  • Balnaves of Coonawarra ‘The Tally’ Coonawarra 2015
  • Yarra Yering ‘Dry Red Wine No. 1’ Yarra Valley 2015
  • Mount Mary ‘Quintet’ Yarra Valley 2015
  • Cullen Wines ‘Diana Madeline’ Margaret River 2015
  • Vasse Felix ‘Tom Cullity’ Margaret River 2015
  • Henschke ‘Cyril Henschke’ Eden Valley 2015

The webinar will take place fully live on May 12th at 4:00pm (BST) / 11:00am (EDT). On May 14th, 12:00pm (ASET) / 10:00am (HKT), a live discussion will be hosted by Mark Davidson and Corinne Mui followed by a video replay of the conversation with our panellists.

Moderator and Speakers

John Szabo

Master Sommelier

Master Sommelier John Szabo was the first Canadian to add the “MS” after his name in 2004, and he holds the Wine & Spirits Education Trust Diploma with honours. John is a partner and principal critic for, Canada’s authoritative wine publication, as well as columnist at Modalina, MarQuee and Monarch magazines. He recently joined the team at CellArt as content contributor (words and wine!), a company fusing art and design with function in one-of-a-kind luxury wine cellars. John is co-host of the podcast Wine Thieves, and also contributes frequently to various international trade publications. His book, Volcanic Wines: Salt, Grit and Power, earned international critical acclaim including the André Simon award for best drinks book. His current book project is on the riveting subject of wine chemistry. He speaks regularly at (virtual) trade conferences around the world, and (used to) spend many weeks each year travelling wine country worldwide to keep on top of this fascinating industry.

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.

Corinne Mui

Wine & Sake Educator

Corinne Mui is an award-winning wine & sake educator, writer and consultant. She holds a WSET Level 4 Diploma and has over 15 years’ experience in specialist wine teaching for luxury hotels, casinos, airlines and wine traders. She has a strong network of high-end consumers, government officials, media and trade in Asia. She is also a WSET certified educator training programme assessor in Asia.

Corinne was raised in Australia and lived there for more than 10 years. She has regularly cooperated with Wine Australia to promote Australian wine in Asia over the years. She has also been utilising Wine Australia’s Australian Wine Discovered education program to teach across Asia.

Corinne has appeared as guest wine and sake expert on television and radio programmes in Hong Kong and China. She is also a regular contributor for publications across Asia including Cathay Pacific’s inflight magazine and the largest state-owned wine magazine in China.

Corinne has been appointed as a judge in many wine and sake international competitions in Australia, Europe, China and Hong Kong. Corinne also gained valuable winemaking experience by working at the world-famous Henschke winery in Eden Valley, Australia.

Mary Gorman-McAdams MW

Director International Wine Center

Mary Gorman-McAdams is a Master of Wine, wine judge, educator, conference speaker, and business strategist. Since May 2019 she is the Director at International Wine Center, NYC, the First WSET School in the Americas.

Previously, she was the North American Market Adviser for the Bordeaux Wine Council, where she led its marketing + educational programs focused on growing the market for Bordeaux wines. 

Since 2012 Mary has served on the Institute of Masters of Wine Global Education team and was elected to the IMW Council in September 2020.

Mary first visited Australia in 2006, having won a scholarship for her Stage 1 MW studies (generously funded by Constellation Brands) and visited South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia. She  immediately fell in love with the region, its wines and people.

Oz Clarke OBE

Wine Writer

Oz Clarke is one of the world’s leading wine experts, whose formidable reputation is based on his extensive wine knowledge and accessible, no-nonsense approach. His passion for the subject dates from his student days at Oxford University, where he won tasting competitions at an early age.

Since then his tasting skills have won him an international reputation and he is acknowledged as having one of the finest palates of anyone writing about wine today. 


Photo: Keith Barnes


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