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Malbec Making Noise

Australia joins Argentinean celebrations of Malbec World Day around the Globe The Grace Hotel in Sydney was a perfect location for the Malbec Master Class hosted by leading wine journalist and judge Huon Hooke. Attended by 30 members of Sydney’s elite trade including sommeliers and importers, the session was opened by His Excellency Ambassador Pedro…

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Something New in the Southern Highlands

Two hours from Sydney in the beautiful village of Moss Vale you are invited to try a traditional Southern Italian family-style lunch to be served in the farm house and paired to local and imported Italian wines. Your hosts are Cindy and Pasquale Bowman the owners of Tre Porcellini a 200 acre farm which is…

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Crazy Love is in the Blood

Everybody knows that in order to produce a great Pinot Noir you need a cool climate. This year was no different. In winemaking circles it is a well known fact that in order to produce an even better Pinot Noir it needs a bit of love. Not love in the traditional “I love you darling”…

Longview Sparkling

Longview has a Radical View towards Label Design

The Piece Shiraz is a killer combination of original, limited-edition street art, rare premium Shiraz and radical design. Born from Longview Vineyard’s “Piece Project” event in January 2011 and continuing annually, Longview invites 4 street artists to compete for their art to become the label of this premium single-vineyard Shiraz. They have 5 hours to…

Morris Sparkling

Benchmark for Fortified Wines

Geoffrey Reed of Reed Communications entered his design for the Morris Wines Moscato hoping to pick up a trophy in the Label Design Competition. Morris Wines, established in Rutherglen in1859, is the continuing story of five generations of family winemakers. The Morris Cellar Door is a true icon of Australian design, capturing the essence of…

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BOUTIQUE WINE AWARDS – Applications Today

20 years ago this week, Huon Hooke agreed to take the role of Chairman of the newly established Boutique Wine Awards. Hooke invited Gary Baldwin and Peter Bourne to assist him with the judging which took place in a small function room at the Renaissance Hotel, Pitt Street Sydney (now the Marriot). Chain of Ponds…

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Argentina the Beautiful

Doña Paula, one of the great Argentinean wine companies in the Mendoza region has entered six wines into the Six Nations Wine Challenge by invitation from judge Fabricio Portelli. Read about their company, the philosophy and their outstanding wines.


Unforgettable Napa. Breathtaking Boutique Riesling

This outstanding Napa producer has been invited to enter their Riesling into the Six Nations Wine Challenge to be judged in Sydney in August. A left turn. Sometimes that’s all it takes. And suddenly a simple wine-tasting weekend has become a voyage of discovery. Less about imbibing and more about exploring. About finding yourself surrounded…


Méthode champenoise in the Napa

The famous U.S. sparkling wine producer Mumm has been invited to enter their product into the Six Nations Wine Challenge this year. Wine judge Dan Berger is hopeful of it taking out the trophy! Winemaking at Mumm Napa begins with a rich history In 1979, the legendary French Champagne house of G.H. Mumm began its…

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Let’s Hear it from the Winemaker

This Turkey Flat  label has just been entered into the Label Design Competition and along with it came the story of the wine. “Let me introduce you to Gobble:Gobble – our new, once-off, small batch wine Over at the Schulz’s house (about 200m from the winery) there is a young block of shiraz, planted on…


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