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Wine’s Baptism of Fire

These days plenty of young Australians say they are into wine.

Now here comes a talented and enthusiastic group who are so much into their wine they are making it themselves. Not just in a shed, but using first class grapes and facilities and the assistance of some of Australia’s top winemakers.

Team Lapalus

There are six teams and they have chosen their shiraz grapes from three terrific wineries: Langhi Ghiran from Victoria’s Grampians and De Bortoli and Thousand Candles from the Yarra Valley.

These first-timers have to make their wine and release it for tasting and sale at an auction in front of industry experts and the consuming public. They have worked with 6 design experts to develop their packaging for the bottled release in October.

Team Webber 06

Part of the sales proceeds will go to Secondbite which rescues and redistributes surplus fresh food for people in need across Australia.

These wine lovers’ wines preview before the judges on August 4 at the recently reopened Melbourne icon, the Savoy Tavern. At 6-8pm wine enthusiasts will get to taste and bid for the tasty drops. Tickets via are just $10.00. For more information –

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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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