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Hit Your Target Market

Do a Google search for graphic design and you will get about 1,960,000,000 results…  Do a Google search for ‘freelance designer Martin Widholm’ and you’ll get the designer who designed this web site and all of our marketing materials. Our friend Marty says “To hit your target market you need to take a strategic approach…

Australia’s Wine Design Competition Opens

Australia’s Wine Industry Design Competition is open to New Zealand entries this year.  The Boutique Label Design Awards was founded in 1997 and was sponsored by The Sun Herald. Frog Rock, Pepper Tree, Dowie Doole and Majella took out the four trophies. In 2003 New Zealand was included in the Label Design Awards and the…

Judith Kennedy at the Michelin Star Ledbury.

An Aussie success story surrounds the elegant London restaurant at127 Ledbury Road Notting Hill. In December Judith Kennedy took a friend for lunch and found herself in the kitchen, underneath the restaurant, having a brief chat with owner/chef Brett Graham. A marvelous degustation meal paired with six outstanding wines was the making of a very…

Two Boutique Wine Awards Trophies this Year!

Top of the class for Fortified with their Grand Rutherglen Non Vintage Muscat plus the Estate Grown and Produced trophy (which recognises boutique companies doing all the work without outside assistance) this outstanding company demonstrated yet again its strength and quality. Stanton & Killeen Wines in Rutherglen, Victoria, is a shining example of strength and…

Greatness or Drain Cleaner?

‘A New View of Great’. Go back 50 or 100 years and read some of history’s early wine writers’ comments on the wines they were consuming. Now look at what passes for wine writing in most areas of the print media today. The differences have long been obvious, but until a few months ago I…

Our Master of Wine in Hong Kong

Bob Campbell MW was entrusted to take the Five Nations Wine trophy winners to a dinner and a master class in Hong Kong.  Here he is with Lillian Haynes Managing Director of Northeast Wines and Spirits enjoying the wine at the gala dinner held to celebrate the winning wines.  Lillian commented that the dinner was…

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…


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