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The Champagne Information Centre is pleased to announce thirteen finalists in this year's Vin de Champagne Award, sponsored by BNP Paribas Equities and Air France.
Finalists were confirmed in the following categories:-
(For people who gain income from the food and wine industry)
Sharon Wild (NSW) Wild About Wine
Simon Hill (QLD) Isis Brasserie
Matthew Lane (SA) Magill Estates
Katherine McIntyre (VIC) T3 Fine Wines
Christian Maier (VIC) Hotel Sofitel
Colin Corney (TAS) Tasmanian Wine Education
(For those who have a passion about Champagne)
Clare Williams (NSW) Julia Ross Recruitment
Helen Beylot (QLD) Mother of three
Bernard Setford (SA) Chiropractor
Richard Brasch (VIC) Sunbeam Corporation
Julie Lemon (ACT) Post Graduate Student
(For 18-24 year olds who are enrolled in or have recently completed a wine, hospitality, or catering course)
Sarah Noll (WA) Curtin University
Caroline Tunnell-Jones (VIC) Victoria University
Organised every year on behalf of the Comite Interprofessional du Vin de Champagne (CIVC), the Award not only aims to celebrate and encourage the enjoyment of Champagne in Australia but seeks to find Champagne Ambassadors who will share their knowledge and appreciation of Champagne.
Finalists will be flown into Sydney for the final judging on September 10th. Judging the finalists, will be Huon Hooke; author, wine-writer and former Professional Winner; Michael Hill Smith MW, Australia's first Master of Wine and restaurateur and Peter Bourne, former Professional Winner and 'wine-man'.
A winner from each section is then announced at a gala black tie dinner on September 10th at the Wharf Restaurant, Sydney. Renowned chefs, Tim Pak Poy & Anders Ousback have specially created the menu for this dinner, where over twelve different Champagne Wines will be served.
Approximately 150 guests are invited, including high profile members of the community, media and the wine/food industry attending.
Winners receive a two-week educational tour to the Champagne district where they receive their medal from the CIVC and enjoy the legendary Champenois hospitality. In the past, winners have been overwhelmed by their visit and for many it's the start of an exciting and passionate relationship with Champagne.
Some of Australia's most knowledgeable wine industry personalities; winemakers, journalists, restaurateurs, commentators and educators can be listed as past winners of this prestigious award.
The popularity of Champagne in Australia is illustrated by the fact that Australia imported 1.5 million bottles of Champagne in the year 2000, making it the 10th largest market in the world.
Visit the CIVC web site
James Halliday on Champagne Education (members)
For more information please contact
Elisabeth Drysdale (E-mail)
Champagne Information Centre
Tel: (02) 9555 8891
Fax:(02) 9555 8959