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08.01.2005

On The Rise Down Under

Australia recently awarded a set of medals to its best winemakers, including its best emerging winemaker and I happen to like everything about their choice. First of all, she's a woman. Kudos to the judges, or whoever they were for breaking the mold. It's still very much a man's world in the wine business, but without good reason. Secondly, she's young -- Fran Austin is 30 years old, and clearly accomplished. Thirdly, she's from Tasmania (or at least that's where her winery is -- she's actually West Australian). Not Barossa, not Coonawarra, not the Hunter Valley, but the tiny island in the south, which I hear is definitely producing some great wines. Finally, and honestly this is what I love the most, is that her winery is named Bay of Fires. How cool is that? There's just something about that name that I love.

In any case, cheers, Ms. Austin. Now I just gotta find some of your wine.

Comments (1)

RW wrote:
08.21.05 at 5:49 PM

For more information on Fran and Tasmanian wine, see:
Young Winmaker of The Year and the 2005 TAS vintage on my site.

Cheers

RW

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