Hot 100 Wines: TAFE SA Rule Breakers Award

The only rule is there are no rules.

TAFE SA has been a major sponsor of the Hot 100 Wines for many years and has previously been proudly associated with the Dreamers and Believers category (winemakers who were prepared to challenge and go outside the norm).

2016 sees the Hot 100 initiate a number of changes to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the wine show and publication. Amongst the changes is the introduction of a new classification – Rule Breakers (the only rule is there are no rules).

Katharine Hepburn once said: “If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.” How true for the winemakers who were bold enough to enter their wines as Rule Breakers. If there was someone who could speak for Rule Breakers, it was Rick Wakeman – keyboard player and songwriter for the bans YES – who broke the rules of rock music for more than decades: “I always say that it’s about breaking the rules. But the secret of breaking rules in a way that works, is understanding what the rules are in the first place.” This sums up the winemaker’s approach to this new category.

TAFE SA, through its innovative Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship of Food and Wine, sees an opportunity to encourage the rule breakers develop the skills to understand the rules and break the norms of their industry. Participation in this program will provide the platform to foster the creation and development of niche businesses in a local, national and global world.

BRASH HIGGINS – NDV 2015 Nero d’Avola, McLaren Vale

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