Claymore Wines would like to congratulate Ian Gray and Pamela Honeysett from Glengowrie, as the lucky winners of the “Liverpool Experience” competition. The prize includes a trip for two people to Liverpool in the UK valued at more than $6,000. Ian was selected in a random draw by Claymore Wines, and will be taking his partner Pamela Honeyset on their first visit to the UK.
The competition was open to members of the Claymore Wine Club, as an opportunity to toast the wine company’s partnership with Liverpool Football Club in the UK. The winner was determined via a random draw selection at their city headquarters in Adelaide earlier this month. The prize includes return economy airfares for two people to Manchester UK, airport transfers, three nights’ accommodation in Liverpool, a behind-the-scenes tour of Anfield and tickets to the home match between Liverpool FC at Anfield against Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday 13 May.
Proprietor of Claymore Wines, Anura Nitchingham said the ‘Liverpool Experience’ competition was initiated in 2016 to commemorate the partnership with LFC and the Claymore Wines.
Anura said “We are thrilled to offer this prize to Ian and Pamela, who have never been to the UK before. Ian is a keen sportsman himself, and has a strong passion for great wine and football.”
“The Claymore Wine Club annual ‘Liverpool Experience’ competition is a way for our members to share our passion for wine, music and football. For the last three years, all active Claymore Wine Club members have been eligible for the chance to win a trip for two to Liverpool UK – the home of the Beatles, a burgeoning food and wine scene and of course the Liverpool Football Club. This will be the last year we will run the competition, but will offer a new prize in 2019.
“The wine club has grown in excess of 900 active members who were all automatically eligible for the competition. We hope to continue to grow our loyal fan base for Claymore Wines and Liverpool FC,” he said.
Winner Ian Gray said he is "over (the dark side) of the moon" to be the lucky recipient of the prize.
“I have never travelled to the UK before and really only ever expected that it would be a trip I would do in retirement,” Ian said. “To have the opportunity of being taken to the UK as a prize and with the privilege of being a guest at a Liverpool home game as the pinnacle of the trip, it's going to be a life story and memory that will remain with Pamela and I always.”
“I have always been naturally drawn in as a supporter of Liverpool as the bold colour of the uniform jersey matched as my old school colour. Since being introduced to Claymore and with the promotion of the “Liverpool Experience” being up for grabs, I have keenly noted the results of past draws with somewhat of a jealous eye.
“All the Groupies know that we all would love to win this highly valued prize, but of course, no-one actually ever expects to receive "that call" and after the surprise of my call I could only be described the feeling as being "over (the dark side) of the moon",” he said.
The Claymore Wine Club annual ‘Liverpool Experience’ competition has run consecutively for three years from 2016-2018. Each year all active Claymore Wine Club members have been eligible for the chance to win a trip for two to Liverpool UK. In 2019, a new prize will be available for Claymore Wines Club members. For more information, phone 08 8843 0200 or visit www.claymorewines.com.au.
Claymore Wines General Manager, Carissa Major, has been announced a finalist in the award category of Workplace Champion of Change, she is the only finalist from the Clare Valley!
On Tuesday 22nd August The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society together with the AWIWA Advisory Board announced the finalists of the 2017 Australian Women In Wine Awards.
The eight awards on offer this year attracted a record number of entries.
AWIWA Board member and CEO of Oliver’s Taranga writes;
“So much talent across the width and breadth of Australia’s wine region regions, so many women really pushing the boundaries and achieving world class results. Very proud to be able to shine the light on these stellar women.”
“I am humbled to be awarded a finalist in these prestigious awards, it is a pleasure to be afforded the recognition of a ‘Workplace Champion of Change’ but I can’t accept the recognition that this award shines on me without acknowledging that I have surrounded myself with people that push me to be the best that I can be (and in turn each other) and that also display a very real respect for this business and each other.” Carissa Major comments.
“The work of The Fabulous’ Ladies Wine Society in curating these awards, among everything else that they do, is of great value in highlighting the work of some of the amazing and inspirational women in our industry. The Women in Wine awards affords everyone the opportunity to get a bit excited and make some noise about gender equality and acceptance of diversity, in general, in the workplace.“
The two other finalists in this award are Professor Eileen Scott (Adelaide University) and Kendall Clements-Virag (Pernod-Ricard). “It is truly a privilege to be nominated among such esteemed peers.” Says Carissa. “Unfortunately, I cannot be present at the awards in London but we (my Claymore team and I) will be watching the awards live in Clare on Tuesday 26th September. Whatever the outcome, it has been an honour to have been awarded a finalist in this category.”
The label design is a bit on the scary side but there’s nothing scary about the wine quality.
Rich, textural Riesling. Youthful and vibrant but inherently complex. Not your average Kaos killer, you might say. Kaffir lime, lemon sorbet, gun smoke, a spray of herbs. Chalk. Musk. Fennel seeds. Really quite super.
Score: 95 Points
"A come hither strawberry, blackcurrant, leafy nose with an explosion of cassis on the palate. Provencal herbs and gently spicy oak supply complexity. All up, a long, fresh, savoury wine destined for a lucky person's dinner table. Impressive."