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Labels, bottles..what’s important?

One of Philip Shaw‘s dramatic labels illustrates the attention-getting factor with his Edinburg Palace Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV label. The Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers has seized on the importance of label design since its foundation.  The Label Design Awards has grown into Australia’s Wine Design Competition and in 2013 will launch the second…

The USA joins the Challenge

Californian Dan Berger has accepted the position of USA’s judge for the Six Nations Wine Challenge 2013. Dan Berger has been a wine columnist since 1976 and has resided in Sonoma County since 1986. Today, in addition to his privately published weekly wine commentary, Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences, Dan writes a nationally syndicated wine column…

Wolf Blass gives thumbs up to the Challenge

Wolf Blass attended the Five Nations Wine Challenge Trophy dinner and congratulated the winemakers while reminding them that they have an opportunity to enhance their marketing by buying medal stickers for their winning bottles and that the retailers love to see the medals. “Open the cartons and stick the medals on” he said.  Wine shows…

The smile says it all

Sven Bruchfield travelled from Chile to receive the shiraz trophy from Huon Hooke at the trophy presentation dinner held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney last night. In total eleven winemakers came to Sydney to recognise the importance of the Challenge and to receive their trophies. The six course, sixteen trophy wines dinner was…

Five Nations 2012 Results

Click on the RESULTS tab above for the FIVE NATIONS WINE CHALLENGE RESULTS. The image is Australia’s judge Huon Hooke, President Judith Kennedy and Julian Brewer of Villiera, South Africa with the Wine of Show trophy at the presentation dinner in Sydney last night. 285 people attended the Grande tasting event in the Four Seasons…

What’s in a Name?

Well there’s Fox Creek; Upper Gum Tree; Ten minutes by Tractor; Kangaroo Valley; Farmer’s Daughter; 3 Drops; Fuddling Cup; 5 Blind Mice; Mosquito Hill; Wanted Man; Five Sons; Devil’s Lair; Wild Geese; Bogie Man; Wombat Crossing; Brave Goose; God’s, Goaty, Silk  and Christmas Hill; Smallfry and Small Gully and then there’s Bonking Frog! So where…

Don’t Cry for Me

Dan Berger visits Argentina to look at the wine culture. A cursory view of Argentina gives the impression that this nation has a thriving wine culture. In one way it does. A lot of wine is made and drunk here. You see vast vineyards surrounding Mendoza, hard by the Andes—east, north, and especially south. Billboards…

Boutique Wine Awards Trophy Winner

Winter Creek Riesling 2010 won the top trophy in its class at the 2012 Boutique Wine Awards. The Winter Creek Wine Cellar Door is now open. Located within the ambiance of the Barossa Junction, Barossa Valley Way Tanunda. Visitors to the cellar door will experience award winning wines in the unique surroundings within the Barossa…

What is the Challenge all about.

This is the only wine show in the world where the wines come in exclusively by invitation from the Judges. There are sixteen classes. They are: Sparkling; Chardonnay; Aromatic; Sauvignon Blanc; Other White Varieties; White Blends; Rose; Pinot Noir; Merlot/Malbec; Bordeaux Blends; Non Bordeaux Blends; Major Red Varieties; Other Red Varieties; Shiraz; Cabernet Sauvignon and…

Behind the Scenes @ Five Nations Wine Challenge

Commencing in February each year the judges consider their choices, compile their lists and send them to CEO Judith Kennedy in the Sydney head office. Five lists, 550 wines, numerous companies, email addresses, web sites, vintages to check and the paper war begins. Home page image: Tony Venn.  Deals are made with transport companies and…

Dinner with Bob Anyone?

Thursday 1st November Master of Wine Bob Campbell is hosting a dinner in SINGAPORE featuring trophy-winning wines from this year’s FIVE NATIONS WINE CHALLENGE.  Bob is the Challenge Judge representing New Zealand in the Challenge and he says ” I judge in at least half a dozen wine competitions each year in several countries. The…

Guess who’s coming to Dinner?

WOLF BLASS, the man himself is attending the tasting and the trophy dinner along with other winemakers from South Africa, New Zealand, Chile, Australia and Argentina.  SYDNEY WINE LOVER Craig McGuire writes: “Thank you for setting aside tickets for us to this outstanding annual event. I have been attending the 5 Nations Wine Tasting for…

No Longer Boutique!

New Zealand winery SOHO WINE entered the Boutique Wine Awards this year and took off three bronze medals for their Pinot Noir. Great to see that they are now toasting their success as the first three 40 foot containers filled with 4000 cases of SOHO wine, leave our shores, bound for the USA so no…

Down on the Farm at Crittenden Estate

The second generation of Crittendens seem just as determined as their father Garry to build on the family reputation.  With a fine crop of third generation winemakers recently arrived on the scene, the very personal style of doing business looks set to continue for quite some time. One of the family’s favourite album photographs is…

Genuine Boutique and Handpicked

In 2005, Mount Pierrepoint Estate was thrust on to the wine stage when Huon Hooke handed them the top Pinot Noir trophy for their 2004 vintage at the Boutique Wine Awards Presentation.  The same year they also won the Estate Grown and Produced trophy.  Most of their vintages have won awards and received first-rate reviews,…

FAQ about 5 Nations Wine Challenge

The FIVE Nations Wine Challenge commenced in 2003 (with its head office in Sydney) as the Tri Nations Wine Challenge and James Halliday as the Chairman. In 2011 Argentina and Chile joined Australia, New Zealand and South Africa to make five! The judges are: Huon Hooke (Australia), Michael Fridjhon (South Africa), Bob Campbell MW (New…

Where Eagles Fly

South Africa’s Eagle’s Nest wine farm sits high in the mountains of Constantia.  Their 2007 Shiraz won the trophy at the Five Nations Wine Challenge in 2011.   Ross Anderson visited Stuart Botha the winemaker and sent this report from high up on the road overlooking the property. “Stuart invited me up to the farm…

Lunch with the Ambassador

The Embassy of the Argentine Republic and Sommeliers Australia presented a wine tasting and food matching session in Brisbane yesterday. The AABW’s Judith Kennedy went along as a guest and the Ambassador Pedro Villagra Delgado opened the event and passionately described his intentions to make a difference by encouraging his country’s wine producers to export…

 


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