Welcome wine lovers! Take 5 with … is our regular post where we get to celebrate and interrogate (not really) the stars of the wine world – winemakers, influencers and personalities.
This week, we’re thrilled to feature Master of Wine Andrea Pritzker from Qantas epiQure, the online wine business of Qantas Frequent Flyer. Andrea kindly took five minutes to answer five questions that are sure to inform and inspire.
Wine buyer for Qantas epiQure
Her role involves selecting wines, negotiating pricing and putting together offers for their customers across Australia. She also leads events for customers and runs wine education training for staff.
1. When/how did you first become interested in wine?
I became interested in wine while I was studying in Germany as part of my university degree. We did several visits to local vineyards, which I found fascinating. I definitely caught the wine bug there. Then I returned to Canada (where I’m from originally) and took an introductory wine course and started visiting local wineries in the Niagara region. I was hooked from there.
2. Do you have an all-time favourite variety or does it change (and what is it)?
My all-time favourite variety is Riesling, particularly from the Mosel Valley in Germany, but I enjoy a wide number of styles and varieties from Australia and around the world – everything from Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, Yarra Valley Chardonnay and Tasmanian Pinot Noir to Mencia from Spain and Gruner Veltliner from Austria. I’m very excited about the more adventurous varieties emerging in Australia e.g. Fiano, Vermentino, Tempranillo etc…
3. What is the biggest misconception about wine?
There are so many misconceptions! I think the biggest may be that if you don’t enjoy a certain wine that everyone else loves, there’s something wrong with your palate. Nothing could be further from the truth. Everyone’s palate is different and has unique sensitivities. There’s a wine style or variety to suit everyone. The key is to really get to understand your own palate.
4. If you were going to a dinner party, what wine would you bring the host?
I like to find out a bit about what the host personally enjoys and then tailor my selection to them. If they love bubbles, I’ll bring them a beautiful bottle of Champagne or Tasmanian Sparkling. If they prefer a big red, I’ll select a fabulous Shiraz from McLaren Vale or the Barossa Valley.
5. Scenario: You’re blissfully enjoying the perfect glass of wine. What music is playing?
Music and wine go together beautifully and there’s evidence that the music you listen to influences your palate’s perception. I like to match my wine with my music – so it could be some classic jazz or soul. It really depends on what ‘perfect’ wine I have in my hand!
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