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QLD winemaker wins dux

The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) have named Jessica Ferguson, Sirromet Wines assistant winemaker, as dux of the 35th Advanced Wine Assessment Course.

Having topped the class in statistical scores, verbal skills and group interaction, Ferguson has been offered a place as an associate judge for the 2015 Royal Queensland Wine Show (RQWS), to be held in June – a highly sought after position due to the very limited places available.

Ferguson, who was the first Queensland winemaker to be named dux of the course, said she found the process challenging, but very rewarding.

“With all my winemaking experience to date being at a single winery in a niche region (Granite Belt), I really welcomed the chance to develop and focus my tasting skills with less familiar styles,” she said.

Presented by the AWRI, the course put participants through a gruelling and intensive four-day program of wine sensory education and assessment.

Aiming to prepare potential new wine show judges and develop the sensory analysis capabilities and vocabulary of Australian wine professionals at an elite level, twelve leading wine show judges, journalists and winemakers contributed to the delivery of the course.

Con Simos, AWRI group manager, said the course attracted a diverse group of highly skilled participants who were able to benefit from each other’s experiences over the four-day course.

“Jessica demonstrated excellent tasting and discussion skills and deserves her opportunity in the national wine show system,” Simos said.

The next two AWACs will be held in July 2015. Course details are available at: http://www.awri.com.au/industry_support/courses-seminars-workshops/awac/

AB Mauri



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