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Latest regional wine guide hits shelves this weekend

The Kiama Regional Wine Show is pleased to announce the release of the 2008 – 2009 Regional Wine Guide featuring wines of the beautiful New South Wales South Coast and Southern Highlands. The guide provides cellar door details and wine trail maps for all regional wine producers. It also includes results of this year’s Kiama Regional Wine Show.

The annual Kiama Regional Wine Show is run under the auspices of the Kiama Show Society and was established to support the local wine industry and promote regional wine tourism. The Show allows local winemakers and vignerons to compare their wines to other wines in the area. It is run strictly according to the standards established by the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology and medals awarded at the Kiama Show has the same standing as those awarded at national shows.

It is very pleasing to note that the standard of local wines continues to improve with some local wines also gaining recognition at national and international competitions.

Chairman of Judges Mr. Keith Tulloch, a fourth generation winemaker from the Hunter Valley and Panel Chair Mr. Christian Gaffey, Senior Manager for Wine Procurement at Australian Wine Selectors were very encouraged by the high standards this year.

Christian emphasized that wines winning silver or gold awards are “truly something special … only a very small percentage of all wines worldwide achieve this status”. He went on to say “As on overall indicator of quality, you really want to see more bronze medals across the board because it means the wines are faultless – showing the expression and hallmarks of the variety.”

Readers are encouraged to not only peruse the new booklets but to take advantage of the information contained in them and explore the burgeoning local wine industry. Carole Johnston, Director of JAi Events and Manager of the Kiama Regional Wine Show recommends “The next time you have guests over for dinner, why not serve a local wine? The Regional Wine Guide will assist you in finding where you can taste and buy some great wines. Also look for local wines on restaurant menus and if they are not there, encourage restaurateurs to support the local industry”.

The Regional Wine Guide can be found at most visitor information centres and many local restaurants or will be available online in early December at www.kiamawineshow.org.au For more information please contact Carole Johnston at



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