The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2013-07-24T03:32:59Z Nominations are open for the 13th Young Winemaker of the Year 2013-07-24T03:32:59Z nominations-are-open-for-the-13th-young-winemaker-of-the-year The 13th annual Wine Society ‘Young Winemaker of the Year’ awards have been officially launched, with The Wine Society today calling for nominations for the prestigious award. Open to winemakers in Australia and New Zealand, Young Winemaker aims to promote winemaking excellence through the recognition and reward of talented young winemakers. Eligible winemakers (aged 35 years or under), are invited to nominate for the awards by submitting three wines.   2012’s Young Winemaker of the Year, Nick Picone from Villa Maria Estate, will join respected judges Ian McKenzie, Toni Paterson MW, and James Halliday to judge the wines. “We are delighted to have such high calibre wine judges supporting Young Winemaker,” said Event Coordinator, Lydia Barrie.  “This event has been generating huge levels of interest both in Australia and New Zealand, and the involvement of industry icons like James Halliday underscores the importance of these awards.” “We are also happy to announce that Single Vineyard Sellers have joined us as a sponsor of the 2013 Awards.  Single Vineyard Sellers are a great proponent of Young Winemaker of the Year awards and through their assistance will help ensure a successful and relevant event.” The 2013 Young Winemaker of the Year selection process comprises two judging stages, with an initial tasting of all nominations in mid September determining the top ten finalists. The top ten will then be assessed again, culminating in the award of the ‘Young Winemaker of the Year’. Nominations for Young Winemaker may come from friends, family, peers, suppliers, customers or the young winemakers themselves.  “We invite anyone with an interest in wine to nominate their favourite young winemaker,” said Lydia. The 2013 awards will provide a unique opportunity for sponsors, media, and invited industry members to participate in the judging of the ‘Supporters’ Choice’; while the ultimate peer award - the ‘Finalists’ Choice’ will be judged by the collective palates of the top ten finalists themselves. The three winners will be crowned at an intimate dinner, where guests will be presented with the ten top scoring wines and the winemakers who created them. The winner of the prestigious Young Winemaker of the Year award receives a beautiful trophy made by Plumm Glassware, as well as a cash prize and 12 months bragging rights. Key Dates: Nominations Close:   5pm, Friday 30 August 2013 Top ten finalists announced:   September 2013 Finalists’ Choice & Supporters’ Choice Judging:   Monday 11 November 2013 Young Winemaker of the Year awards dinner:   Monday 11 November 2013 2012 Winners: Young Winemaker of the Year:  Nick Picone, Villa Maria Estate Finalists’ Choice Award:  Malcolm Rees-Francis, Rockburn Wines Supporters’ Choice Award:  Steve Baraglia, Naked Run Wines Further information regarding The Wine Society ‘Young Winemaker of the Year’, including nomination forms and past winners, can be found be visiting   For more information, interviews or images please contact: David Cumming at Define Wine:   P: 0414 736 342 or Lydia Barrie, Events Coordinator at The Wine Society   P: 02 9413 4024 or Orange seeks partners to build future success 2011-11-24T02:52:49Z orange-seeks-partners-to-build-future-success With the exciting development of the recently formed Orange Events Support Group, Taste Orange is calling out to businesses and brands to join with them to forge the ongoing success of this growing region.There are multiple opportunities for business investment in the form of partnerships with the new Events Support Group.“We are actively seeking expressions of interest from businesses, groups and brands to share in the future promotion of the Orange Region,” explained Taste Orange Executive Officer, Rhonda Sear.“The potential promotion for our new and existing partners is enormous.Our region, with its 60,000 residents, has a proven and successful track record. Events such as F.O.O.D. Week has been attracting vast numbers of visitors for 20 years.There has also been huge investment in the region that continues to attract corporate interest.”This investment in the region includes the new medical hub for the Central West, the $250 million Orange Health Service facility.Orange can also claim one of Australia’s largest gold and copper mines, Newcrest’s Cadia Hill Mine, as well as a range of Government agencies, educational campuses, major retail centres and over 130 community groups focusing on, amongst other interests, arts, music and sport.“With the development of the Events Support Group, Orange can offer much in the way of interaction and exposure with our visitors and businesses.”“Orange is a unique, major provincial centre in NSW, with an enviable reputation for not only its food and wine, but its agricultural, mining, health, arts, music, theatre, education and tourism industries.”“There are many businesses that would find a great fit within the region and the new Events Support Group is the vehicle that can ensure these partnerships offer an enduring return on investment.”The Events Support Group comprises members of Taste Orange, F.O.O.D, Wine Week, Slow Summer, Frost Fest, Farmers Markets, Stay Orange, Local Councils, Towac Fruit Export Co-Operative and Village Committees.“We urge any interested parties to contact us. We look forward to sharing our future plans regarding these exciting events and promotions.”Further information on the Orange region and its events can be found more information please contact:Rhonda Sear, Executive Officer, Taste Orange: 0263601990 or Crawley,Events Support GroupChairman:0409867698 or Cumming, Define Wine:0414736342 or Orangeis the marketing, promotion and development umbrella of Orange and the surrounding region. Taste Orange welcomes partners to share in the vision to develop a strong and appealing community for both visitors and residents. Further information on the Orange region can be found