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Masterclasses: Italy v Oz-Itals, and Riesling

February 24 — ITALY versus OZ-ITALS Australian winemakers take on Italy’s finest in my first masterclass for 2016. We’ll taste a great Chianti against one of Australia’s best sangioveses; a nebbiolo from a top Piedmont winery against a leading Aussie nebbiolo; a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo against a top Aussie ‘monty’; and an Italian barbera, dolcetto and…


Needing Business Advice?

ESV is a Sydney-based accounting and business advisor. They are the appointed Auditor to the Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers Inc. They are also a generous sponsor. Should you have any queries regarding your wine business please do not hesitate to contact Tim Valtwies, ESV Partner on 02 9283 1666. ESV is located at 55…


FREE FREIGHT for Boutique Wine Show

Mainfreight offers FREE FREIGHT from regional Australia and also two points in New Zealand for all entries.. This wine show was established in 1996 in order to give the boutique winemakers the opportunity to win trophies and medals even if they have small quantities of the wine available. The show is open to Australian and…


Borrowing Funds for your Business?

Is limited recourse borrowing right for your SMSF? Over the coming newsletters we will be taking a look at some of the topical items concerning self managed superannuation funds (“SMSF’s”). Given the rise in the property market in parts of Australia, there has been a growing trend of acquiring property (usually residential property) in SMSF’s,…


Rare release from Cullen Wines

Very rarely a vintage occurs which presents us with a unique opportunity to create something truly special. The 2012 vintage was an exceptional year, and allowed us the privilege to produce an extraordinary wine. We are very excited to introduce to you a rare release from Cullen Wines; 2012 ‘Vanya’ Cabernet Sauvignon This is a…


What future for the WET rebate?

    A recently released discussion paper by the Federal Treasury has thrown the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) Rebate into the Tax Reform debate. The discussion paper examines the operation of the WET Rebate and how it is being manipulated within the wine industry and seeks input on a range of possible ways to sustainably support…

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Two New Judges for Six Nations

Today Judith Kennedy announced some major changes to the Six Nations Wine Challenge including two new judges and one new nation. Canada will replace Argentina with Christopher Waters as judge and Jon Bonné will join the judging team representing the U.S.A. Bonné is replacing the previous U.S. judge Dan Berger and will line his selections…


Frothy Stuff and Folding Stuff $$ 28 Oct. with Huon Hooke

Planning to lash out on a case of real Champagne for Christmas? Aren’t we all! Keen to find the best deal on affordable Champagne? So are we! So come to our pre-festive season Champagne masterclass and find the best rapport between frothing-stuff and folding-stuff. Don’t be a mousse goose! Led by Champagne authority Huon Hooke,…


Trafalgar Travel joins Thinkers & Drinkers

An international wine and food event wouldn’t be complete without a travel company being present to give you new ideas and inspiration once you have tried some of these amazing wines. With almost 70 years of expertise and insider knowledge, we’re the most globally awarded guided holiday company. We reveal the must-see sights, but we…

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New Sponsor for Thinkers & Drinkers

The Thinkers & Drinkers Wine and Food Festival at Doltone House Pyrmont on 8 October has not only wine and food but this year a very interesting travel company – worth a visit when you are there. With almost 70 years of expertise and insider knowledge, we’re the most globally awarded guided holiday company. We…

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Glorious, complex and refined chardonnay class

Huon Hooke says……………….. Burgundy produces the most wines on planet Earth, the benchmarks to which all other regions aspire. Take a trip with me through Burgundy and discover the legendary white wines of the Côte de Beaune, Chablis, the Mâconnais and Côte Chalonnaise. Taste white Burgundies from every major village, from south to north, and…


Ask Huon about Burgundy 1 SOLD OUT

Burgundy part 2 The White Wines of Burgundy booking now. Burgundy produces the most glorious, complex and refined chardonnay wines on planet Earth, the benchmarks to which all other regions aspire. Take a trip with me through Burgundy and discover the legendary white wines of the Côte de Beaune, Chablis, the Mâconnais and Côte Chalonnaise….

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New Zealand Celebrates Pinot Noir Win

The 20th Boutique Wine Awards – Another Fine Success. New Zealand’s Mount Brown Estates Grand Reserve Pinot Noir 2013 took home a bag of trophies winning for Pinot Noir, Red Wine of Show, Estate Grown and Produced and the top gong Wine of Show. 10% of the entries come from New Zealand and the judges…

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A Silver Bullet for The Wine Industry. TRY IT!

Amazing Wines is a serious game changer for the Wine Industry,with a multimedia, marketing system that for the first time benefits the winery, t­he retail outlet and the customer.Amazing Wines is based around texting simple codes to a mobile number. Texting the code launches the multimedia marketing platform sending instant information about the winery and…


Australian Young Sommeliers Competition Winner Announced

La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Media – Wednesday, 24 June 2015 InterContinental Sydney–Attica’s Mattia Cianca wins La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Australian Young Sommeliers Competition  On 22June the Australian National Final of La Chaîne des RôtisseursYoung Sommeliers Competition was held at the InterContinental Hotel in Sydney.Sevenwinners of State competitions from around Australia battled it out in a…


Ask Huon about the legendary Côte d’Or.

‘Ask Huon’ Masterclass. AUGUST 24  – Burgundy Part 1. EXPLORING THE RED WINES OF BURGUNDY from South to North. Increase your learning curve or start it right here! Take a trip with Huon Hooke up the length of Burgundy’s legendary Côte d’Or. Taste red Burgundies from every major village, from south to north, and savour…


Boutique Celebration Lunch

Bookings are now open for the 20th Anniversary Lunch to celebrate the 2015 trophy winners and the 20 years of the Boutique Wine Awards. Founded in 1996, the AABW will celebrate its 20th year on 17 July 2015. Join Awards Chairman Huon Hooke and CEO Judith Kennedy for a celebration lunch served with all the…


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