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July 2010 Edition

Welcome to your latest enewsletter from Wine Selectors. It’s hard to believe the year is half over and that we’re into the second stage of our 35th Anniversary celebrations. That’s why this issue we’ve taken the opportunity to thank you, our valued customers.

Once again our wine producers are doing us proud and this month we’re celebrating with the Hunter Valley’s Two Rivers who have been honoured with some exceptional awards.

One of the best things about the wine world is that it’s always changing, with styles and varieties coming and going according to the trends of the day. At the moment in Australia, Italian varietals are making their mark so we thought it was apt to present three white favourites for you to read all about.

Then once you’re dreaming about the sweeping vineyards of Italy, we’re whisking you across to Western Australia where Tasting Panel member Trent Mannell has recently been exploring some of the state’s best regions and wines.

Then don’t forget to get your entry in for the 35th Anniversary prize worth $47,900, answer the Member survey for your chance to WIN ultra premium wine worth $250 and make some room in your diary for a fun food and wine event.

Enjoy!

Greg Walls

Greg Walls, Managing Director

In this issue
We couldn’t have done it without you!
Customers

As part of our 35th Anniversary celebrations, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our valued customers for their support. Whether you’ve been with us for 35 years, a few years or you’ve just joined, you’re an important part of the Wine Selectors story.

Hear what some of our Customers had to say

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Not only do you enjoy a better way to buy wine, but you also have an exclusive opportunity to WIN a huge prize worth $47,900. Remember, every time you receive a regular delivery, subscribe to Selector magazine or buy 12 bottles or more, all before 30 September, you can enter this exciting competition.

Simply click here to answer the question. If you’re judged the most creative, you could be flying business class to Paris on Etihad airlines, then cruising down the canals of France in your own private barge thanks to Mariner Boating! Don’t miss out, enter today.

Flowing success for Two Rivers
Two Rivers

 

Congratulations to one of our Hunter producers, Two Rivers, who’ve recently won some well-deserved accolades. Amongst their loot, one of the most prestigious awards is Viticulturist of the Year which was won by owner Brett Keeping.

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Awarded at the annual Hunter Valley Legends and Wine Industry Awards, the Viticulturist of the Year title has recognised 22 years of hard work by Brett who has established and managed Two Rivers’ 80 hectares of vineyard in the Upper Hunter Valley. This is icing on the cake for a producer who declares that “we firmly believe that great wines are made in the vineyard, which is why we focus on creating the ideal viticultural environment for our award-winning wines.”

Speaking of which, this Hunter accolade was followed shortly afterwards with the announcement that the Two Rivers Reserve Chardonnay 2009 had taken out Gold at the International Chardonnay Challenge held in Gisbourne, New Zealand, having already won Top Gold at the 2010 Royal Sydney Wine Show.

This wine is yet to be released but if you’re a Hunter Valley Wine Society Member who receives mixed or straight red deliveries you’ll have the opportunity to experience Two Rivers’ medal winning quality in an upcoming dozen.

Cin cin to Italian varieties
Cin cin

 

Although most Italian grape varieties are relatively new to Australia, in true Italian style, they’re really coming into vogue. Three of our most popular Member favourites are Arneis, Moscato and Pinot Grigio – all food-friendly whites that appeal to a diverse range of tastes.

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Arneis, which translates to ‘little rascal’ has been planted in around 30 Australian vineyards, mostly in Victoria’s King Valley and Riverland and South Australia’s Riverland. While it’s traditionally been blended with Nebbiolo to soften this red, Arneis is winning palates with its appealing flavours of almonds, pears, peaches and honey. It’s a delicious match with Italian-inspired dishes like antipasti as well as seafood and salad.

Originating from northern Italy, Pinot Grigio has been in Australia since the 1980s but didn’t really take off until 2000. Grigio means ‘grey’ in Italian, which describes the slight hue that’s sometimes present. Its French twin is Pinot Gris, which is a rich, spicy, full bodied white in contrast to Grigio’s lighter, crisper style. Both incarnations allure with apple, pear, strawberry, honey, hay, brioche and bread characters. Bellisimo!

If you like your white wine a bit sweeter, lower in alcohol and with a hint of spritz then Moscato is the ideal Italian choice. Delicate with natural acidity that keeps its sweetness in check, Moscato is the perfect aperitif. It’s also a great choice for dessert, with Grant Burge recommending his be served with an orange-scented panna-cotta with pears poached in the wine itself.

You can find some outstanding examples of these Italian grape varieties in ‘Our Cellar’ including Chrismont La Zona Pinot Grigio 2009 and Sam Miranda Snow Road Moscato 2008.

Your chance to WIN $250 worth of wine!

Answer the Wine Selectors Member survey for your chance to WIN a fantastic 6-pack of ultra-premium wines worth $250! Forget boring Q&A style surveys, log on to our website and you’ll find a fun, interactive survey that takes just minutes to complete.

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This month we’d like to know how much you know about wine regions and the varieties grown in them. You’ll then be in with a chance to WIN a Chairman’s Series 6-pack valued at $250. These ultra premium wines, chosen by Tasting Panel Chairman Karl Stockhausen, can be enjoyed now or will continue to reward well into the future. A fantastic prize that could be yours – answer the latest Member survey for your chance to WIN!

Western Wonders
Western Wonders

Australia’s biggest state is home to some of the country’s most popular wines. As you’d expect, being such an expansive land mass, the diversity of regions is huge. At Wine Selectors we source wines from all of Western Australia’s major wine producing regions and Tasting Panel member Trent Mannell is always blown away by the quality he unearths.

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Here’s what Trent had to say about his most recent trip to WA:

“My travels started down in the Great Southern which covers a huge area of land, 200km by 100km. I managed to cover all of Great Southern’s sub-regions including Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup. The wine styles I was most taken with in Great Southern were Cabernet Tempranillo, Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Shiraz and Riesling.

Travelling north-west I stopped at Manjimup which is the Noongar Aboriginal word for edible reed (manjin) and meeting place (up). This small region lived up to its reputation for beautiful rolling farmland and I was particularly impressed with the Verdelho on offer.

Heading even further west, I stopped in Pemberton, a fairly new region that’s encircled by karri forests. This is a cool climate region so naturally I was delighted with the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay I found.

Up the coast I was seduced by the surf at the state’s most famous wine region, Margaret River. Dragging myself away from the scenery I made my way around the wineries, taking particular pleasure in the region’s renowned blend of Semillon Sauvignon Blanc as well as the Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Merlot.

There’s always something new and unique on offer in Western Australia and it’s always exciting to get the opportunity to travel there. You can read more about my trip and the wines I discovered in the ‘Best from the West’ selection in the Wine Selectors June Catalogue.

Events for July and August

Looking for some fun wine events in the next couple of months? Then you’ve come to the right place! Why not come along to a Wine and Food Masterclass hosted by seasoned professional and celebrity chef Peter Howard. Places are limited so you’ll have to be quick to secure your spot!

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This new event sees Peter, together with our expert Wine Educator, guide you through a range of dishes prepared live on stage matched to some of Australia’s best wines. This event is fun and entertaining and will teach you the art of matching wine to food for the ultimate taste sensation. It includes 4 ‘taste plate’ courses and 6 wines shared over 2 hours.

The next Wine and Food Masterclasses will be held:

Saturday 30 July 
The Sebel Playford, Adelaide

Other upcoming events

Wednesday 21 July 
Newcastle Tasting
Fort Scratchley

Saturday 24 July 
Wines in Winter – Katoomba Lunch
The Carrington Hotel

Sunday 1 August 
Perth Wine Lunch
Bistro Felix, Subiaco