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Landmark tutorial reflects eastern promise

This year's Landmark Australia Tutorial in the Yarra Valley will be expanded to a group of 14 participants.

The applications for the September 2010 reflected an increased awareness and interest from North and South-East Asia and were keenly contested.

China will provide two participants from the mainland as well as one from Hong Kong, and there will be two from Singapore and one from Japan.

With two Australians as well, this means more than half the participants are representative of the Asia-Pacific region.

There is also representation from Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Denmark.

The 14 successful applicants are:

• Ms Sarah Ahmed, freelance wine writer and educator, United Kingdom

• Ms Kim Bickley, sommelier, Hilton Hotel, Australia

• Ms Jessica Harnois, wine buyer/sommelier, SAQ (Société des alcools du Québec), Canada

• Mr Tony Love, wine writer, News Limited metropolitan newspapers, Australia

• Ms Karen MacNeil, chairman, Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America, United States

• Mr Kenichi Ohashi, president, Yamajin Co. Ltd., Utsunomiya, Japan

• Ms Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Asian wine correspondent and reviewer, eRobertParker.com and The Wine Advocate, Singapore

• Ms Diwen Qiu, managing editor, “Wine in China” magazine, Singapore

• Dr Edward Ragg, wine writer, educator and consultant, Dragon Phoenix Fine Wine Consulting, China

• Mr Thomas Rydberg, wine writer and editor, Ekstra Bladet, Denmark

• Mr Joerg Sievers, editor, Weinwirtschaft, Meininger Publications, Germany

• Mr Simon Tam, wine journalist, educator and consultant, Independent Wine Centre, Hong Kong

• Ms Fongyee Walker, wine writer, educator and consultant, Dragon Phoenix Fine Wine Consulting, China

• Mr Thomas Woolrych, buying manager, Direct Wines, United Kingdom

On discovering she had been selected, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW said the Landmark Australia Tutorial is one of the best educational tools ever to be developed by any wine organisation in the world.

“I’m very excited to be accepted to participate,” she said.

“Ever a wine student as much as a wine educator and commentator myself, I’m looking forward to this valuable opportunity to better understand the development of traditional versus new wine styles from Australia’s wide range of regions and the levels of quality and 'ageability' that have been and are now being achieved.”

Wine Australia’s general manager market development Paul Henry said the tutorial’s focus is to capture the interest and support of the next wave of international wine opinion leaders.

“The importance of addressing the image of Australian wine as a whole is well-served by this program, and while it is delivered with a relatively small number of carefully selected wines (around 250), it capably displays the depth and range of Australia’s quality winemaking,” he said.

“Once again, a collaborative but uncompromising approach will demonstrate that Australia produces some of the best wines in the world.”

For details, including the full-program of tastings and presenters, please visit www.wineaustralia.com/landmark



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