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Whatever your hobby, interest or even life’s work, it’s great to come across a real enthusiast in that field.

For many people wine is merely stuff in a bottle that works with meals and delivers a few pleasant sensations. For others it’s a passion. They can’t taste too much or explore too much.


One of our favourite wine people is Tyson Stelzer.

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Win a copy of Tyson Stelzer’s Champagne Guide 2014/15. See below.


A proud Queenslander, but now a Sipping Citizen of the World, he is the author of 14 books. He is readily acknowledged as one of the world’s experts, forthright and iconoclastic, on Champagne. His latest book is a globally-respected reference (more of that in a minute. Yes you could win one!)

From the world stage he has brought his focus in to a much smaller wine community. Small but perfectly formed. Having spent months following winemakers in Tasmania, he is about to show his passion on television. He goes behind the scenes where, far removed from the industrial scale production of everyday plonk, he reveals serious winemaking is an intimate, painstaking and risky relationship between man and nature.

Tamar Valley vineyards

He’ll take us to explore six vineyards in the north of Tassie in the Tamar Valley, a unique cool climate area whose wines are now keeping the mainland on its toes, and making the rest of the world take notice.

Bec Duffy Holm Oak

Some names you may know, others you will get to know. All are small producers, with labour-intensive hand harvesting and small batch winemaking. These are men and women you can relate to, as they devote their days and nights to bring you something special in the bottle. Pour a glass of your favourite, hopefully Tasmanian, wine and settle back.

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People of the Vines will be broadcast nationally in Australia on TEN at 1pm on Saturdays from November 1 2014.

Win a copy of Tyson Stelzer’s Champagne Guide 2014/15.

Tyson has given five copies of his newest book on Champagne to give to our readers. A simple enough competition for lovers of fine bubbles: tell us when you most enjoy a glass of the real thing and you could win.

The best five answers received before the end of November, 2014,  as judged by our editors, will win!

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Ian MacTavish

Mr MacTavish is a celebrated writer and one of Australia's more respected Wine reviewers, appearing regularly in national magazines, in print and on line. So far, he has never been heard to say 'no' to a wee dram.

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