Wine women shake some action:
this is no mere movement, but a
war against "that's just so shit."
by PHILIP WHITE
The Fabulous Ladies' Wine Society last night announced their winners in the inaugural Australian Women in Wine Awards.
While the four awards were sponsored sensibly by Wine Ark, Wine Australia, Cellarhand and Vinimofo, the budget for this brave initial move was obviously tight. Rather than attempt to meet in one spot, the nation-wide participants chose instead to meet in their home regions and share the announcements on a video link.
DRINKSTER attended the South Australian announcements and celebration at Oliver's Taranga in McLaren Vale.
"This year I was judging at the Royal Perth Wine Show," Corrina Wright continued. "The judges dinner was held at a male-only club and I had special permission to attend on the night. You know what? That's just so shit. It just didn't sit right with me. And I was able to lean on others in my network, like the other girls who created these awards with me, and I was able to be brave enough to say that's actually not right and I boycotted the dinner.
"But it's actually really hard for women. It's really hard for the other women judging to do the same, because they're really afraid that they'd never be asked to judge again if they cause a fuss. And you know it was a real emotional experience. It's stupid. And I just want women to know there are networks out there.
Dr Irina Santiago Brown, Briony Hoare and Rose Kentish ... photo by Milton Wordley
Both these photos by Milton Wordley ... Milton runs a cool wine blog, Ten Questions ... like the DRINKSTER (seen hard at work below), Milton finds it infuriating to get home from wine industry gigs to look at his photos, only to be reminded of how few women there are in this testosterone-riddled business! Besides, men are boring. And they smell funny.