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Deakin Estate’s new River to Vine labels celebrate the mighty Murray

Deakin Estate’s new River to Vine labels celebrate the mighty Murray

Sponsored Deakin Estate has proudly announced the release of its new   River to Vine   labels, designed to highlight the family-owned estate’s unique location on the banks of the mighty Murray River. The new look tells the compelling story of the journey of each Deakin wine - from river to vine, to bottle. Deakin Estate’s family-owned estate vineyards lie near Mildura in north-west Victoria. He...

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Show your U.G.L.Y side and win!

Show your U.G.L.Y side and win!

Registrations are now open for the Leukaemia Foundation’s quirky U.G.L.Y Bartender of the Year competition, challenging bartenders to demonstrate their Understanding, Generous, Likeable You and raise funds to beat blood cancer at the bar. There’s a great range of incentive prizes up for grabs for those who put their heart into this fun competition. Every $80 raised will fund one night of ac...

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TWE launches a wine brand made for millennials

TWE launches a wine brand made for millennials

Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has launched an all-new wine brand that is hoped to grow the category by capturing the interest of Millennials – Samuel Wynn & Co. Samuel Wynn & Co is the purveyor of wines from across Australia and around the world; inspired by the adventurous spirit and early career of wine industry legend Samuel Wynn. Migrating to Australia in 1913 in search of a free life,...

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Alcohol industry addresses diversity in the workplace

Alcohol industry addresses diversity in the workplace

Suppliers from the Australian alcohol industry were at Luna Park this week for the drinks association's latest Network Breakfast on diversity. The topic was addressed by author, novelist, social commentator, columnist, broadcaster and award-winning advertising writer Jane Caro, who shared her experiences as a minority female in the workplace during the 60s and how she thinks the industry can address the g...

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Day one of The Drinks Industry Show

Day one of The Drinks Industry Show

The Drinks Industry Show opened today at Luna Park's Crystal Palace in Sydney. Day one highlights included a series of seminars at full capacity, most notable was the session run by Giuseppe Minissale of the Australian Liquor Stores Association and John Hart of Restaurant and Catering, who delivered a state of the beverage market presentation titled 'Today and  Tomorrow ’.   Also well received...

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Iconic beverage business Swift + Moore returns

Iconic beverage business Swift + Moore returns

The much loved and iconic beverage business Swift + Moore is making a comeback next month in what will be a keenly followed reincarnation of the name, which dates back to the late 1800s. The business will be under the guidance of Michael McShane, former Managing Director (ANZSEA) of Brown-Forman and Swift + Moore itself. The Swift + Moore name hasn’t traded in the local market since 2007 after th...

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The Drinks Industry Show Announce New Wine Master Classes and Spirit Tastings

The Drinks Industry Show Announce New Wine Master Classes and Spirit Tastings

With just a week to go, The Drinks Industry Show are adding additional Wine Master Classes and Spirits Tastings to the schedule for the Sydney based ‘trade-only’ event, held at Luna Park. Under the direction of Ben Davidson, Event Curator and Drinks World Magazine’s Drinks Curator, the Master Classes will begin with a look inside the education opportunities open to hospitality industry professionals.  ...

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The Whiskey Guitar

The Whiskey Guitar

Bushmills and Lowden Guitars have partnered to produce the 'Bushmills x Lowden' F-50 guitar, made using three types of wood: selected Bushmills® Irish Whiskey barrel wood for the 12th fret and back inlays, the bindings, rosette and head facings; ancient bog oak for the back and sides of the guitar; and sinker redwood for the soundboard. George Lowden and his sons personally selected the wood and overs...

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Brown Brothers Trials New Grape Varietal

Brown Brothers Trials New Grape Varietal

Brown Brothers in Milawa, Victoria is in the process of trialling an exciting new grape varietal that has been developed with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industry Research Organisation (CSIRO) at its innovative Kindergarten winery. The varietal, known as Mystique, is the first of its kind and has never been planted or used by winemakers anywhere else in the world. The official varietal backgroun...

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Viticulture Student Awarded Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship

Viticulture Student Awarded Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship

Charles Sturt University Viticulture student, Hannah McKay, has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship. Employed by the iconic winery Vasse Felix in Margaret River, Western Australia, McKay studies by distance, travelling regularly to the New South Wales-based university. The scholarship will give McKay $3,500 to put towards her tertiary studies, as well as the opportunity t...

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