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14/07/2006

Toni Paterson joins forces with the Wine Society

Toni Paterson, Australia's youngest and only resident female Master of Wine and winner of the prestigious "Madame Lily Bollinger Medal" for excellence in wine tasting, has joined The Wine Society.

Her first duty with The Wine Society will be at Wine Australia in Sydney where, on Monday (17 July) at 10.30am, she will host the International Benchmarking session on riesling.

Toni, who is the author of the consumer wine guide Wine: What to Drink 2006, first studied biotechnology at the University of Technology in Sydney before completing her Masters in Oenology at Adelaide University.

From 1996 to 1999 she worked as a winemaker with Southcorp in South Australia where she was involved in the production of red, white and sparkling styles. Toni then travelled to Europe where she worked in the marketing of Australian wine.

While in London, she completed the Masters of Wine examinations on her first attempt in 2001.

"Toni, who is based in Sydney where she works as a wine consultant, wine educator and writer, joins us at a very exciting time in The Wine Society's history," says Society Chief Executive Officer John Winstanley.

"This year, The Society celebrates the 60th anniversary of its founding which makes us the oldest wine club in Australia.

"Toni has a key role in achieving The Society's main goal. While we currently have more than 50,000 members and have plans to increase our membership numbers, our main goal is not to be the biggest wine club but to be the best wine club — in terms of value adds to member offers; the availability of premium wines to members at competitive prices; and the provision of additional benefits to our members such as access to Masterclasses and other events."

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