Media Release Issued Tuesday 16 March 2010 Landmark Tutorial Reflects Eastern Promise This year's Landmark Australia Tutorial in the Yarra Valley will build on the inaugural success with an expanded group of 14 participants. The applications for the September 2010 experience were as keenly contested as the previous year, and reflected an increased awareness and interest from North and South-East Asia. China provides two participants from the mainland, plus one from Hong Kong, and there are two from Singapore and one from Japan. Add to these two Australians, and just over half the participants are representative of the Asia-Pacific region. New and emerging markets are not the only benefactors, however, with exciting representation from Canada, the US, UK, Germany and Denmark. The 14 successful applicants are: • Ms Sarah Ahmed, freelance wine writer and educator, United Kingdom • Ms Kim Bickley, sommelier, Hilton Hotel, Australia • Ms Jessica Harnois, wine buyer/sommelier, SAQ (Société des alcools du Québec), Canada • Mr Tony Love, wine writer, News Ltd. metropolitan newspapers, Australia • Ms Karen MacNeil, chairman, Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies at the Culinary Institute of America, United States • Mr Kenichi Ohashi, president, Yamajin Co. Ltd., Utsunomiya, Japan • Ms Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Asian wine correspondent and reviewer, eRobertParker.com and The Wine Advocate, Singapore • Ms Diwen Qiu, managing editor, “Wine in China” magazine, Singapore • Dr Edward Ragg, wine writer, educator and consultant, Dragon Phoenix Fine Wine Consulting, China • Mr Thomas Rydberg, wine writer and editor, Ekstra Bladet, Denmark • Mr Joerg Sievers, editor, Weinwirtschaft, Meininger Publications, Germany • Mr Simon Tam, wine journalist, educator and consultant, Independent Wine Centre, Hong Kong • Ms Fongyee Walker, wine writer, educator and consultant, Dragon Phoenix Fine Wine Consulting, China • Mr Thomas Woolrych, buying manager, Direct Wines, United Kingdom Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, on discovering she had been selected, said: “The Landmark Australia Tutorial is one of the best educational tools ever to be developed by any wine organisation in the world and I’m very excited to be accepted to participate. Ever a wine student as much as a wine educator and commentator myself, I’m looking forward to this valuable opportunity to better understand the development of traditional versus new wine styles from Australia’s wide range of regions and the levels of quality and ageability that have been and are now being achieved.” Wine Australia’s general manager market development, Paul Henry added: “The focus of the Tutorial remains to capture the interest and support of the next wave of international wine opinion leaders. The importance of addressing the image of Australian wine as a whole is well served by this program, and while it is delivered with a relatively small number of carefully selected wines (around 250), it capably displays the depth and range of Australia’s quality winemaking. Once again, a collaborative but uncompromised approach will demonstrate that Australia produces some of the best wines in the world.” For details, including the full-program of tastings and presenters, please visit www.wineaustralia.com/landmark ENDS FURTHER ENQUIRIES: James March Executive Officer – Communications Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation Tel: 08 8228 2016 / 0409 545 995 / firstname.lastname@example.org Notes for editors • Wine Australia is the name under which the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation, a Government organisation established to provide strategic support to the Australian wine sector, delivers its international marketing programme. • The Landmark Australia Tutorial will be hosted in the Yarra Valley, between September 20 and September 24 2010. The Tutorial is an all-expenses-paid five day wine experience led by some of the country’s leading commentators and expert winemakers. Open to applicants from around the world, the Tutorial will showcase an uncompromising array of Australia’s best wines – past, present and future.