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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…

Meet the Winemaker

Daniel Pi is Chief Winemaker for Trapiche in Argentina.  Daniel will be coming to Sydney in October to receive a trophy at the Five Nations Wine Challenge Presentation at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney.

Wine News from South Africa

WINE: The ailing South African wine industry by Michael Fridjhon, 31 August 2012, 05:43 | AHEAD of the 1970 UK elections, Private Eye ran a front-cover picture of the two opponents, adding its own speech bubble captions. Harold Wilson says to Ted Heath, “You’ve never had it so good”, and Heath, acknowledging his bachelor status,…

Five Nations Wine Challenge

The FIVE NATIONS WINE CHALLENGE judging held in Sydney has been completed and all of the international judges have left Australia. The results will be announced at the Grand Tasting event to be held on 26 October at the Four Seasons Hotel, 199 George Street Sydney. Bookings are now open for the much awaited and very popular…

Dan Murphy’s Wine of Show Trophy

Ben Riggs Outpost Cabernet 2010 has won the Dan Murphy’s Wine of Show trophy for this year and the trophy was received by Ben Riggs in front of a large audience of winemakers and wine lovers. Awards Chairman Huon Hooke announced the 14 trophy winners at the Presentation Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in…


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