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GLOBAL SNIPPETS

Friday, June 22, 2018

THAILAND:  Recently at the annual tasting of Rosé wine in Phuket, Thailand, a panel of judges (including renowned American wine writer James Suckling) selected the Thai ‘Monsoon Valley White Shiraz 2017’ (92 Points) as the Best Wine, beating just under 100 Rosé from around the world, including many French Rosé. I was pleased to see that my good friends at GranMonte scored 91 points with their ‘GranMonte Syrah Asoke Valley Sakuna Rosé 2017’ a very creditable effort by these two classy Thai wines. Read More...

DOUBLING UP

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Just before Christmas I received an interesting email from my local Council. It was about the State Governments trade missions to the whole globe. Well, four out of the five continents (none to Antarctica or the other States of Australia). It got me wondering, as to why – when we already have Austrade to help us spruik our products to the world – do we need our State Government to double up by running its own 12 international missions on our behalf? IF Austrade isn’t doing a good job, or is under resourced to do the job, surely the State Governments should be lobbying/pushing the Federal Government to “lift their game” rather than duplicating the services. Read More...