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Champions for the Master Class

  Master Class Australia Vs the USA Monday 26 August. Fix St James 4pm – 6pm. Here is the list of Dan Berger’s wines he has chosen for the Master Class where he will show this selection against Huon Hooke’s (Image)  selection from the same classes. These are selected from the wines in the 6…

50 Years of Folly

Judith Kennedy went to visit the winery and found the caricature of Max Lake complete with toga, a tempting ‘Kodak moment’. Lake’s folly winemaker Rodney Kempe has agreed to enter their Chardonnay into the 6 Nations Wine Challenge this year. Their philosophy of not entering shows has not been broken due to this being a…

Battle of Bosworth joins the Fight!

One of the first Australian wines to enter the Six Nations Wine Challenge this year is McLaren Vale’s Battle of Bosworth. They have entered one of their red wines (Huon Hooke’s choice) hoping to take on the Americans, Chileans, Argentineans, New Zealanders and the South Africans for a trophy. The judging is in Sydney during…

Recognising a Great Burgundy

Master of Wine Bob Campbell in fine form at the Five Nations Wine Challenge trophy dinner in Singapore in 2012.  Bob tells a joke during his speech where he describes the orgasmic benefits of a Great Burgundy. Watch  

Fortified Wins the DESIGN Competition

Fortis et Astutus is the Potts’ family motto, translated to read “Bold and Crafty”.  This is the brand on the beautiful bottle judged by 12 industry members as Australia’s Best Wine Bottle taking the $5000 CCL Clear Image production prize. The Managing Director Peter Perrin left the Langhorne Creek property yesterday and came into Sydney…

Sing Along with Frog Choir

Boutique Wineries in Margaret River are entering their wines into the Boutique Wine Awards in large numbers this year. Frog Choir is the latest to apply to have their wines judged by Huon Hooke’s teams of judges in July. They say that their philosophy is simple however this attention to terroir is not always easily…

The ‘Swan’ Looks for Awards Recognition

Entries are coming in from all over Australia and New Zealand now for the 18th year of the Boutique Wine Awards. Mandoon Estate, Swan Valley WA is one of the latest entrants and we found their story an interesting one. Judith Kennedy our CEO remembers: “When I was a school kid in the 60’s my…

Cheese Touched by Magic !

That’s what they say of Whitestone Cheeses and you can share in the magic at the grand wine and food tasting when the 600 Six Nations Wines are available to the public on 3 October at Dolton House.        Booking form In the limestone country of the central South Island, New Zealand, there…

New York Bagels Join the Six Nations Wine Challenge

Michael Shafran has started a Bagel revolution in Sydney with his NY recipe for the genuine article. He will join the ‘foodies’ who are lining up to supply their produce to compliment the 600 wines at the 3 October event celebrating the wines of the Six Nations Wine Challenge. We asked Michael what makes Brooklyn…

Thinkers & Drinkers Event

600 Six Nations Wine Challenge wines…… Enjoy Cloudy Bay sizzling clams and chardonnay, South African bilton and pinotage, Argentinean beef and shiraz, lamingtons and aussie spark, smoked alpaca on sourdough with tempranillo, Chilean empanadas and cabernet, American bagels and zinfandel, NZ smoked salmon and pinot gris and hundreds of other combinations. Finger food, glass in…

Film Director a Star Winery Owner

Six Nations Wine Challenge judge representing the US is Dan Berger and he reports on the results of the Californian Riverside International Wine Competition.  New Zealand wine Guru and also a Challenge judge Bob Campbell MW was among the judges. Francis Ford Coppola the famed film director who has established one of California’s fastest-growing wineries,…

Easy Chicken Pie

Dru Reschke calls himself Top Dog and coffee Maker and is very proud to quote Len Evans when discussing his family’s Coonawarra wine company – Koonara Wines. “….most wine authorities acknowledge that Coonawarra is Australia’s greatest red wine district, and one of the producers of great reds of the world”.  Len Evans The Complete Book…

Vineyard Typicity and Individual Site Expression

Winemaker Geraldine McFaul has been invited by Chairman Huon Hooke to join the judging teams for this year’s Boutique Wine Awards. Geraldine graduated BApp.Sc. with Distinction, from Charles Sturt University in 1995 and during her course was selected as the Ron Potter Scholarship winner for an 18 months trainee winemaking position at that University. This…

Lost & Found…Yes Really!

Daniel McKeating is the Creative Director of Lost & Found a brand consultancy based in Perth.  He is also a judge on Australia’s Wine Industry Design Competition and comes to Sydney each year to join the judging teams. No that’s not him dressed in chain mail that’s one of his designs! Daniel is an experienced…

Welcome to St. Supéry – Recipies Included!

The USA wines entered into the Six Nations Wine Challenge include many premium wines from well known wine companies. St. Supéry is no exception. Their web site is a world of information including regular recipe up-dates. “Step into our family-owned winery in the heart of the Napa Valley and experience the best of the wine…

A Stockbroker’s Dream

Mount Avoca has entered the Boutique Wine Awards again this year with a range of their wines looking for medals. Forty years young. Mount Avoca began with the dream of a Melbourne stock-broker who wanted a tree change 30 years before the term had been coined. Events in the life of Mount Avoca Vineyard 1967…

Where Salmon is King!

NZ King Salmon Joins the Thinkers and Drinkers Tasting Event. New Zealand King Salmon will serve both cured and smoked salmon alongside the NZ wines at the Six Nations Wine Challenge annual tasting event that has become synonymous with quality wine events. Villa Maria Chardonnay and NZ King Smoked Salmon – Why not! King salmon…

Sven is Back for Another Trophy!

2012 saw Polkura winning the top Syrah trophy in the Six Nations Wine Challenge and they are back again this year with the same wine – a different vintage – trying for the same trophy – but with the USA adding its strength to the Challenge and all of those wonderful Shiraz entries from the…


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