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And the Winners Are…..

BROWN MAGPIE of Geelong won trophies for Best Pinot Noir, Red Wine of Show, Estate Grown and Produced and Wine of Show for their estate grown 2013 Pinot Noir!  Quite a haul for a new little producer with their first entry into the Boutique Wine Awards. The judges said of the Pinot Noir class and…

Chairman Huon Hooke

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…

Le Chaine

Young Sommeliers Compete

On Monday May 26 the national winner of Australia’s Young Sommeliers’ Competition will be announced at a presentation event at Sydney’s Intercontinental Hotel in front of a small but elite gathering of wine and food professionals. The winner will compete in the international competition in Copenhagen later this year.  The competition is run by La…


Does Money Matter?

Looking for a Solution? In 2003, Peter McAtamney founded Wine Business Solutions. Peter holds and has held board and advisory board positions with Australian, New Zealand, South African and Spanish companies. With 27 years experience in the business, Peter’s passion is helping wine business owners to build a better business. Money Matters  


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…

Rare Breed Wiltshire Horn Ram

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…

Saint Clair Marlborough Sun

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”…


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