Small Winemakers Tasting Dozens


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Small Winemakers’ Tasting Dozen website Est. 1998


Hello and welcome,

What are Small Winemakers’ Tasting Dozens (SWTDs)?

SWTDs are quarterly mixed dozens (eight red and four white wines) selected, assembled and delivered each February, May, August and November. To date they focus ‘mainly’ on small Australasian proprietor makers, while maintaining the essential freedom to include wines of interest from the larger companies where small scale winemaking also happens. As a collection they’re wines of pedigree.


The first Dozen was in May 1998, and since then the original approach has blossomed to be the most enduring strength of the Dozens. “Ask around,” I thought, was the way to go, and today input for selection for each Dozen has a broad reference base and is made up of winemakers, wineheads (some older and very wise while others are a little younger, though very enthusiastic), a few ‘more informed’ company reps. and of course those participating in the Dozens, form a resource that is full of wonderful surprises. And the result is:

SWTDs work

Please go to Observations and Discoveries for more on SWTDs.

There are no sponsors just interesting wines to glass around



What's in your glass? Cheers, Mark Crombie      


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