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6 Nations Challenge RESULTS with surprises.

What happens when you put six of the world’s most experienced wine judges into a high powered challenge to discover the best wines in 17 classes from 600 wines, all selected by them as the best wines their nations produce? And the trophies are – Malbec to Australia. Sauvignon Blanc to South Africa. Riesling to…

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Australian Sommelier Wins International Competition

Australian Sommelier Wins International Competition As one of the lead sponsors the Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers (AABW), is proud to join in with the global congratulations for Sydney’s Mr. Pier-Alexis Soulière, the winner of the 2014 Chaîne des Rotisseurs International Young Sommeliers Competition held this month in Copenhagen. The competition, which is designed to…

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Wine & Food Tasting Not to be Missed

Every year the 600 entries from the Six Nations Wine Challenge judging are available for the trade and public to taste for themselves. This year the event returns to Doltone House in Pyrmont, Sydney where 400 people enjoyed the event last year. Not only are the wines there for the tasting but also there is…


Dan Berger Speaks about the 6 Nations Challenge

The New World and the Challenge in Australia                                                                Fine wine is typically thought of as a European invention. Though wine was made in biblical…


Need a Tax Expert?

  HARVEYS Chartered Accountants sponsor the Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers and are willing to give advice to not only our members but to anyone contacting them and referring to this post. William Somerville is the ‘go to’ man. William has many years experience in public practice and thrives on building successful client relationships and…


Six Nations Trophy Winners Masterclasses – November

Book now for November masterclasses Take a close look at eight of the 2014 Six Nations Wine Challenge trophy wines as judged by the six      International wine judges. Huon Hooke selected this collection for the classroom-style master class as an opportunity for you to discover some New World gems and to learn about what made…

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Boutique Wine Awards Results

The Presentation celebration for both the Boutique Wine Awards and also the Wine Industry Label Design Competition is being held this Friday in Sydney. The Presentation lunch is being held at Doltone House over looking the Sydney Harbour. Winemakers are traveling from as far away as Wairarapa New Zealand and Margaret River to receive their…


Does the WET Rebate have a Future?

WET Overview The Wine Equalisation Tax or WET was first introduced in 2000 around the same time as that other momentous tax change, the GST. It applies to wine, grape wine products and alcoholic drinksmade from other fruit wines.As you are all aware, WET is a self assessing tax and is payable by the wholesaler…


Revealing the Depths of a Winemaker’s Subconscious.

My passion for wine as a hobby reached its peak at the time of my wedding (a fitting moment for passion to peak) when my wife said to me, “You talk about wine so much, why don’t you go do it?” Up to this point I had immersed myself in every wine-related activity possible—short of…

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BYO Salt and Pepper

Santa Rosa’s Dan Berger is the USA judge on the Six Nations judging panel and he writes a weekly newsletter titled Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences.  The current one offers an interesting idea to add flavor to your dining out experience. “I wasn’t suggesting we try to usurp the cook at modest cafés when I suggested…


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