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Strong Challenge Contender

Dan Berger has chosen Dutton-Goldfield Winery’s Pinot Noir and GewÜrztraminer as possible trophy contenders in this year’s Six Nations wine Challenge. Located in the Russian River region, California, the Dutton-Goldfield Winery began with a handshake in a vineyard in 1998, when longtime colleagues and friends Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield recognized a shared vision between…

Can Kalleske do it Again?

In 2012 Kalleske won the Best Dessert Wine (Open Class) in Australia’s Wine Industry Design Competition.  Other accolades for this boutique winery include Biodynamic Wine of the Year; James Halliday’s 5 Star Winery;  International Wine Challenge trophy 2012; Best Wine of Show Shanghai International; Gold Medal New Zealand International; 100 Top Releases – Gourmet Traveller…

The Seppeltsfield Vision

A Barossa legend hopes for a design trophy with its table wine entry. With a proud and priceless legacy dating back to 1851, Seppeltsfield is Australia’s most iconic wine estate.  In 2007, Seppeltsfield was sold by the Foster’s Group and purchased by The Seppeltsfield Estate Trust, placing the estate back into private hands.   The…

Decanter World Wine Awards

The Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) is an international wine competition established and managed by Britain’s Decanter wine magazine. The competition was established in 2004 by renowned UK wine critic Stephen Spurrier – the figure behind the 1976 Judgment of Paris – and has remained among the most prominent European wine competitions ever since. Each…

Green Gem in the West

The Rosnay story begins a long way away – France in the early 1900’s – in the vineyard of Florence Statham’s grandfather, Albéric Dulong de Rosnay, after whom the farm “Rosnay” was named. His vines were at ‘Cogny’, in the Beaujolais, only 30km North West of Lyon. Albéric tried to keep up with the reputation…

Entries Flowing in for the Competition.

Another new entry into Australia’s Wine Industry Design Competition, Caudo Wines was once a successful rose farm and the wines are named after the varieties that were grown there.  Mediterranean Fiesta is just one of the labels they have entered in the hope of winning a trophy or at the very least to receive good…

1st USA Entries into 6 Nations

Invitations for the Six Nations Wine Challenge entries are now starting to go out in the USA.  Judge Dan Berger is happy that he is inviting 100 of the ‘top of the crop’ wines to compete against the other five nations. (Read) Alysian Wines offer an enchanting expression of very special vineyards, crafted with the…

Terremoto adj. Italian for Spirited

An accurate description for one of the early entries into Australia’s Wine Industry Design Competition. Terremoto is commonly used as a term of endearment to describe an individual who has a spirited character and is full of life and energy.  Friends and family often refer to Serafino (Steve) Maglieri, the founder of Serafino Wines as…

No PM in This Lodge!

Ed Cutcliffe, the moustachioed gentleman behind the Little Marionette cafes has added another title to his mantle – publican of The Lodge Wine Bar. He has converted the funny little space beneath the Balmain Lodge into a pocket-sized watering hole whose decor is part bordello and part terrarium. On a summer afternoon, grab a perch on…

Look, Look and Look Again!

What is it that catches your eye when purchasing a bottle of wine?  Looking for a Sauvignon Blanc? Maybe this one from Plantagenet in Mount Barker? Cabernet…which one?.  A white wine – will the label fall off in the ice bucket? Yes region is important, maybe the vintage depending on your budget but when there…

Tannin – Hit or Myth?

If you buy red wines to age in the cellar, even if for just a few years, then what follows here is the proverbial tip of the ice cube (since icebergs are fast disappearing from the earth). Decades ago I and other budding wine lovers with a passion for mature wine often debated about what…

Two-and-a-Half Buck Fred

Those of you who read this page regularly and who are fans of the Six Nations Wine Challenge know that the USA has joined the Challenge.  Californian wine critic and Challenge judge Dan Berger sends us a monthly newsletter full of topical material. This month there is a story worth reading on low priced  “wines”. …

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…

 


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