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Alternative varieties wines show

Friday, September 28, 2012

Held in Mildura on the first weekend of November the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show (AAVWS) provides an excellent barometer as to how the Australian wine industry is progressing with making wine from “new” or alternative grape varieties. That is grape varieties outside the common/ usual handful that everybody grows.  Read More...

The relevance of wineshows

Friday, September 28, 2012

What is the purpose of Wine Shows? Originally it was a system of peer review so that winemakers could improve the quality of their wines through input from the peers & colleagues. Over the last 30-40 years they have become a significant marketing tool in selling wine. The more medals won the more wine sold. In the process the wine shows have become a guide for consumers as to the quality of the wine. However one must ask if this is really the case, or merely an illusion? Read More...