Meet the 2010 International Cool Climate Wine Show judges

Over 600 wines to taste - the judges are ready

By Sara Schwarz
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International Cool Climate Wine Show 2009

International Cool Climate Wine Show 2009

Tasting lineup at the Cool Climate Wine Show.
International Cool Climate Wine Show 2009 People's Choice Award went to Five Sons Estate
Presentation of the Cool Climate Wine Show 2008 Trophy to John Mitchell of Montalto.
International Cool Climate Wine Show 2010


The 11th International Cool Climate Wine Show is to be held on May 18 and 19 2010 at the prestigious Gunnamatta Room at the Mornington Racing Club, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

This year over 600 wine entries are expected and will be judged over the two days, a mammoth task by any standard. However this year's wine judges are more than up to the challenge. Here are a few of the panel:


Mike DeGaris, Chairman of Judges

For the second year running Mike DeGaris will be the ICCWS Chairman of Judges. He has gained a wealth of experience in the wine industry since graduating from Roseworthy Ag College with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Oenology) in 1980.

Since his first role as assistant winemaker at Tyrrell's in the Hunter Valley, eventually moving to senior winemaker, he was chief winemaker at Cellarmaster Wines in the Barossa Valley before moving to New Zealand in 1997 as general manager/chief winemaker of Cardmember Wines, where he remained until transferring back to the Hunter Valley in 2005.

While in New Zealand, Mike was a regular wine panellist for Cuisine, before moving to NZ Home and Entertaining. He is now deputy chairman of the Royal Easter Wine Show Awards in Auckland and has been a regular senior judge at that event and the Air New Zealand Awards. He has twice been chairman of judges at the Liquorland Top 100.

Back across the ditch he chaired the International Cool Climate Show in Mornington Peninsula in 2009 and has also judged at the Hunter Valley Wine Show. DeGaris was also general manager/winemaker at The Rothbury Estate, Hunter Valley, and is now a freelance wine consultant.


Meg Brodtmann MW

Meg is an experienced winemaker and consultant to Cellarmasters Wine Club, one of the largest wine direct marketers in the world. She holds the ultimate wine industry qualification, a ‘Master of Wine’. In 55 years there have been less than 275 MW’s worldwide and only 17 from Australia.


Jane Boyle

Jane Boyle has been involved in the New Zealand and Australian wine industries for 25 years. In her role as Product Strategy Manager for New Zealand Wine Cellars she tastes many thousands of wines each year.

She has previously judged at the International Chardonnay Challenge, Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, Royal NZ Show International Aromatic Wine Competition, Liquorland Top 100 and New World Wine Awards. Jane also appears regularly on the Cuisine magazine judging panel.


Nick Glaetzer

Nick Glaetzer began his winemaking journey in the Barossa Valley, followed up by vintages in the Languedoc, the Pfalz, Margaret River, the Riverland, Sunraysia, the Hunter Valley and Burgundy.

In 2005 Nick landed in Tasmania, searching for cool-climate, super-premium vineyards, fit for crafting fresh and inspired wines for people who enjoy drinking wine.

Winemaking with local industry veterans at Frogmore Creek has given Nick access to a select group of high quality Tasmanian vineyards, and he now makes wine from these under the ‘GDF’ label, ensuring each wine has a layered depth of flavour and structure over the vintages.


Public Tasting: Wednesday 19 May

If you are in the Mornington Peninsula area, the public tasting on the evening of Wednesday 19th May, sponsored by Luigi Bormioli, is well worth attending and affords an excellent educational opportunity for those interested or the industry to compare over 600 entries from cool climate regions. Discounts apply for Members.


Awards Presentation Dinner: Friday 21 May

A feature of the wine show is always the Awards Presentation Dinner on Friday 21st May sponsored by Mornington BMW and Federal Group, in conjunction with Peninsula Bulk Meats and Ingham.

The dinner this year is being specially planned and presented by Wise Choice with a menu showcasing Peninsula produce. The public tasting and dinner are being supported by Mornington Peninsula Gourmet, which will be represented at both events.


Book early. Each year this is a fabulous event, not to be missed. Discounts apply for Members. See related listing below for link to their website and ticket purchase form. 

This year the wine show is sponsored by the Mornington Shire Council, Mornington BMW and The Federal Group.



  • Mornington Peninsula (VIC)

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