NSW wine appreciation, with chief judge Dave Brookes: S7 Bonus

The NSW Wine Awards were created in 1996 to build awareness about the quality of the state’s wines.

Dave Brookes has been chief judge for the last four years and he joins us in this episode of the Drinks Adventures podcast.

A highly accomplished wine writer and wine judge, Dave was Dux of the Len Evans Tutorial in 2011 and has judged at more than 70 shows globally.


The 2020 edition of NSW Wine Awards took place in recent weeks and it was Dave’s final year at the helm.

As such, it’s an appropriate juncture to meet Dave and find out what he reckons are some the most exciting wines coming out of NSW today, and other interesting trends and developments in NSW wine.

Home to Australia’s oldest continuously operating wine region – the famous Hunter Valley – and exciting new cool climate regions such as Orange, the Southern Highlands and Tumbarumba, NSW produces a hugely diverse array of different wine styles.

Outgoing NSW Wine Awards chief judge, Dave Brookes
Outgoing NSW Wine Awards chief judge, Dave Brookes

This is a special episode of Drinks Adventures, produced with the support of the NSW Wine Industry Association.

I started by asking Dave how NSW wine has evolved during his tenure.

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Author: James Atkinson

Journalist specialising in the food, drink, travel and hospitality arenas. Australian International Beer Awards 2017 Media Award Winner and Certified Cicerone®.

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