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…

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…