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WCA Update: 9 September 2016 

WCA news
This week our minds are on WCA Awards.  Be sure to send us your application if you are thinking of entering, or know somebody you would like to nominate.  Entries close next Friday, 16th September, more details below.

Our next Webinar is scheduled for 4th October, 1pm - 2pm (AEST).  Save the date in your diary now and we will share more details with you next week.

Industry news
Accolades Wines CEO, Paul Schaafsma to step down ahead of IPO listing. More details from Drinks Business here

Daily Wine News reported, a private equity firm based in Britain is believed to be circling Accolade Wines.  More details here.

Neil McGuigan, Australian Vintage Limited CEO, called on Government to remove WET Rebate from bulk wine immediately.  More from The Shout here.  

Federal Government WET rebate paper released, 2nd September, full press release here

Treasury Wine CEO, Mike Clarke paid $5.9m as good times flow, more details from Winetitles Media here.

Congratulations to the 12 successful applicants who are the winners of the 2016 Len Evans Tutorial, to be held in Hunter Valley.  Find a list of all recipients here.

Other Articles of Interest
Here are a few interesting articles we found online:
Planning for generational change in wine industry to put a cork in conflicts (
Wine Australian launches on Alibaba's Tmall, opens new export channel (
The Artisans of Australian Wine (
Here are Australia's top 50 most collected wines according to Wine Ark (
How to squeeze more than 100 grape varieties into one bottle of Barossa rose (
Thirteen New Masters of Wine (
Cassegrain Winery land will go under the hammer this month (

Awards news
DONT MISS OUT!  If you would like to enter or know somebody you would like to nominate for these Awards click here.

Categories include:

Entries close 16th September.  Winners are announced and presented at a gala event, at the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney on Tuesday, 8th November

WCA events
2016 WCA Royal Adelaide Wine Show Awards Lunch 
Being held on Friday, 30th September at the Ridley Centre, Adelaide Showgrounds.  

Book your tickets today so you don't miss out on this premier lunch event on the South Australian calendar. 

WCA Victorian Chapter Catch Up

In an attempt to increase networking with fellow wine people, the WCA Victorian Chapter is holding regular catch-up drinks.  The next catch up is being held, Thursday, 22nd September at The Imperial Hotel between 5.30pm - 8.30pm.  Bring a bottle of wine to share and meet some like minded industry folk.  Email should you wish to attend.

2016 WCA Royal Melbourne Wine Show Lunch
After a successful event last year it is on again - this years "Jimmy and the hidden gems".  Held Friday, October 21st, guests will enjoy amazing food (from Blakes Feast), matched with the 2016 Jimmy Watson winner, trophy winning wines and high scoring hidden gems!  An event not to be missed.

Book your tickets here.

Other events
Mudge Wine Festival runs for a whole month, from 9th September - 3rd October.
Capricorn Food and Wine Festival, Central Queensland is being held 16th - 18th September.
Taste Orange, Sydney, 22nd - 23rd September.
The Heathcoat Wine & Food Festival, Heathcote Showgrounds, 8th - 9th October.

Tuesday 4th October
1-2pm (AEST)
Details to follow
Next Week

Digital Wine Communicator
New Wine Writer
Best Wine Website or App
Best Feature Articles
Best Wine Book
Best Wine Publication
Best Wine Educator

Award sponsors
The Drinks Association
Calabria Family Wines
Pernod Ricard Winemakers
Treasury Wine Estates

Presentation night sponsor
Riedel Australia

2016 Royal Adelaide Wine Show Luncheon

Friday - September 30th
VIP Tasting
11.30am - 12.30pm
12.00pm - 3.30pm

Ridley Centre
Adelaide Showgrounds

2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Show Luncheon

Friday - October 21st
12.00pm for 12.30pm

124 Langford Street, North Melbourne



Pernod Ricard Winemakers
Treasury Wine Estates
Wine Australia
Wine Ark

Accolade Wines

Dig + Fish


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