Wines on Taste and Wines for Sale!

Friday 26 October, Five Nations Wine Challenge Tasting and Wine Sale. All of the 550 wines entered in the Challenge such as those pictured are on taste at the SOLD OUT event.  There is a growing list of those wines that are for sale – not all – but some.  The following list will be…

A Gem from the History Books!

Commencing in 1996 the Association (that’s us) started “Meaning Business”.  We held annual public wine festivals as well as the Boutique Wine Awards.  This image is from the 1997 festival held at the Renaissance Sydney Hotel (now the Marriott) and some 80 boutique companies came with their new releases and their old favourites to show…

South Africa’s Success in 2009

Haskell Vineyards’ Winemaker Rianie Strydom received the Red Wine of Show trophy from Huon Hooke at the Presentation at the Four Seasons Hotel in 2009.  This year Huon will be presenting trophies to all of the five nations now taking part in the challenge and yes some of them will be coming to Sydney from…

Blast from the past with Craggy Range

2007 Craggy Range won both Red Wine of Show and Wine of Show in what was then the Tri Nations Wine Challenge with their Le Sol 2005 syrah.  Judith Kennedy held the trophy presentation event at the Yacht Club in Auckland that year and Master of Wine Bob Campbell officiated at the event. They are…

Fabricio Portelli. Fortunately not Rugby!

Fabricio Portelli is Partner and General Director of Grupo Simposium SA. He contributes to: El Conocedor magazine, Vinos de Lujo exhibition, Descorchados Guide, El Conocedor TV show Brasco-Portelli, El Conocedor Radio, www.elconocedor.com and Dolli Irigoyen books, amongst others. Fabricio currently judges at the Decanter World Wine awards, Concours mondial and has judges at Vinitaly, Vinandino…

Who is Bob Campbell Master of Wine?

I judge in at least half a dozen wine competitions each year in several countries. The highlight of these is the Five Nation Wine Challenge. Because the wines are all pre-selected by each of the judges the standard of wine quality must surely be higher than any competition of this size in the world. It’s…

Eduardo Brethauer. The Wine that Makes you Smile

Eduardo best describes himself as “Wine taster, foody, traveller, writer, amateur cook and rugby lover”.   Eduardo is one of the foremost journalists in the Chilean wine industry. He is owner and Wine Editor of VITIS Magazine, the only technical and international wine magazine in Chile, and Associate Editor of several international wine magazines. He has…

A Trophy for Margaret River

Xanadu’s winemaker Glenn Goodall will be travelling from Margaret River to Sydney in October to the Five Nations Wine Challenge Presentation and Trophy Dinner.  The details of all trophies awarded on that night will be published here on Saturday 27 October. Judge representing Australia in the Challenge Huon Hooke will be making the presentations.

Parlez-Vous Boutique? Mark and Judith do!

Tuesday September 4, La Chaine des Rotisseurs Ordre Mondial des Gourmets Degustateurs and the Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers hosted an outstanding dinner at La Grande Bouffe in Balmain Sydney.  The wines were supplied by Leogate in the Hunter Valley and their Chief Winemaker Mark Woods came down to Sydney for the dinner.  CEO Judith Kennedy…

Sven Bruchfield, Chief Winemaker for Polkura Chile.

Sven Bruchfield, Chief Winemaker for Polkura Chile will also be in Sydney in October to receive a trophy at the Five Nations Wine Challenge Presentation and Trophy Dinner to be held at the Four Seasons Hotel.  He will join winemakers from South Africa, New Zealand, Argentina and Australia in this major celebration of New World…