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Monday, 4 October 2021 # 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm AEDT


WATCH THE RECORDING of Part 1 – Exploration of Fortified Wines: Sherry & Madeira

The fortified wines of Australia, France, Portugal and Spain have long held an esteemed place in the world of wine.

While some wine drinkers consider fortifieds to be a curiosity, those in the know understand their relevance on a wine list or retail shelf, and the expertise required to make a truly great fortified style wines – whether it be Sherry, Madeira, Banyuls or Port.

Join Sommeliers Australia’s Bridget Raffal (Where’s Nick Wine Bar), Louella Mathews (bibo wine bar) and Loic Avril (Lucas Group) and their expert guests, as they explore the world of fortified wines during this 3 part online masterclass series.

Sign up to attend all 3 parts, or just 1, you will come away with a great appreciation of fortified styles from Australia and Europe.


Part 1 – Sherry & Madeira
Monday 4 October, 3-4.30pm

Part 1 of our 3 part exploration of fortified wines – this masterclass will focus on Sherry and Madeira, exploring the regions’ history, styles and methods of production.

Hosts Bridget Raffal and Louella Mathews will be joined by Iberian specialist, Scott Wasley (The Spanish Acquisition) as they work their way through a range of Sherry styles and Madeira.

6 wines will be looked at in depth during the session:

  • Manzanilla
  • Oloroso
  • Palo Cortado
  • Pedro Ximenez
  • 2 x Madeira

Participants who purchase Tasting Tickets will have the opportunity to look at the wines as a blind line up before joining the discussion on Zoom, where they will be guided through key markers that indicate styles within the category.


Part 2 – Australian Fortifieds hosted by Loic Avril and Bridget Raffal, with a special guest.
Sunday 10 October, 3-4.30pm

Part 3 – Port & Banyuls hosted by Bridget Raffal and Louella Mathews, with guest Simon Killeen.
Monday 11 October, 3-4.30pm



TASTING TICKETS  An additional 13 Tasting Tickets are now available for each Part.
Includes access to the Zoom session, 6 x 50ml samples & delivery.
All Tasting Tickets must be purchased before 4pm, Sunday 19 September.

⇒ Members Tasting Ticket for 1 part – $30 + booking fee

⇒ Members Tasting Ticket for all 3 parts – $75 + booking fee

  • To access the Members priced ticket, Sommeliers Australia Members login at sommeliers.com.au
  • Click the ‘Members Only Offers’ button on the dashboard for the Exploration of Fortifieds discount coupon code (separate coupons for 1 Part only, or all 3 Parts), then proceed to Humanitix and apply the code at checkout.

⇒ Non-Members Tasting Ticket for 1 part – $45 + booking fee

⇒ Non-Members Tasting Ticket for all 3 parts – $110 + booking fee


Bookings must be made before 4pm, Sunday 3 October to receive the Zoom link.⠀
Includes access to the Zoom session only.
Attendees can take part using similar wines from their own cellars.

⇒ Explore Ticket – FREE



CLICK HERE to book your tickets via Humanitix.


This session will be hosted on Zoom, at 3pm AEDT.
Ticket holders will be emailed the Zoom link and access info.


Note: If purchasing a Tasting Ticket, there’s no need to register for an Explore Ticket as well.



Sommeliers Australia thanks Bibendum and The Spanish Acquisition for their generous support of Part 1 Exploration of Fortified Wines.


Monday, 4 October 2021
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm AEDT
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