Margaret River wine talk
Margaret River wine talk

Top awards for 'fun' reviews

WA Wine Press Club judges were taken aback by the Times’ contributing writer Mike Gadd’s quirky wine reviews, awarding him the Media Award last Friday.

Press Club president Bill Crapsley said Mr Gadd received the honour for his continued backing of WA wines through his weekly submissions to the Times.

“Over the years the award has gone to recognised wine writers or people who have made a significant media contribution to the promotion of WA wines or the WA wine industry,” Mr Crapsley said.

“Mike has continued reviewing predominantly WA wines through his small, but fun articles.”

Mr Crapsley said Mr Gadd’s articles were sought independently by the WA Wine Press Club.

“We’re trying to get away from making this award city centric,” he said.

He said Mr Gadd was unaware of his nomination and was lured to the event held at the Perth Yacht Club under false pretences.

“I’m actually good friends with his wife, Virginia (Willcock), and she made up some sort of excuse to bring him along the event,” he said.

Mr Gadd could not be contacted for comment by the Times’ deadline.

Accolades flow for Margaret River wines

The Perth Royal Wine Show has been giving Margaret River wines huge accolates.

Watershed Premium Wines 2010 Awakening cabernet sauvignon nabbed six trophies at the Perth Royal Wine Show.

The wine took out the show’s best cabernet sauvignon, best 2010 vintage dry red table wine, best WA dry red table wine, best red table wine, best WA wine and best wine of the show trophies at the event last Friday.

Lenton Brae Wines’ 2010 Wilyabrup chardonnay won the best WA white table wine trophy, Brookwood Estate’s 2010 sauvignon blanc claimed the best sauvignon blanc trophy and Margaret River’s Rockliffe Wines, formerly Matilda Estate, was announced at the show’s most successful exhibitor for winning two gold, one silver and four bronze medals.


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