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June 24, 2013

Melbourne International Wine Competition Announces The First Group Of Trade Buyer Judges for the 2nd Annual MIWC

The Melbourne International Wine Competition (MIWC) announces its first group of trade buyers judging in the 2nd Annual MIWC June 28-29th 2015.  As with all of our international competition all the judges are real trade buyers judging the spirits by its category and actual price.

Lou Mickovski, Put A Cork In It PTY LTD

Wholesaler of beer and wine to Australian Restaurants

Alan Nelson, Director Nelson Wine Company

Nelson Wine Company was established by Alan Nelson in 1993.  From it’s humble beginnings as a one-man operation, Nelson Wine Company has grown into a successful company employing thirty full time staff, including  10 Area Managers servicing metropolitan Melbourne, Country Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania.

Nelson Wine Company has an enviable portfolio of family-owned and operated wineries that are among the best producers in the country, covering all the important wine regions of Australia; and a small selection of key producers from France, New-Zealand, Italy, Spain and Germany.

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Peter Nixon, Dan Murphy’s National Fine Wine Manager

Peter Nixon was born in London to parents of Australasian heritage. He attended secondary school in England and later became entranced by the London wine trade. Family holidays to the great wine regions of Europe consolidated this interest and Peter decided to pursue a career in the wine industry, commencing with a role at UK wine retailer Oddbins prior to returning to Australia to study wine marketing at Adelaide University.

Like many in the wine trade, Peter also has a passion for fine cuisine and subsequently trained as a chef. Peter now has over 25 years experience in the wine and hospitality industry, including local and international wine show-judging, independent wine retailing, imported wine wholesaling, restaurant wine list design and training, as well as commercial procurement experience with both hotel groups and airlines.

For the last five years Peter has been a leading Business Manager with Dan Murphy’s, overseeing the Dan Murphy’s Wine Panel, responsible for identifying ranging options. In this role Peter also acts as editor and principle contributor to the Dan Murphy’s Buyer’s Guide, Australia’s highest circulation Drinks publication. Peter continues to be actively involved in local and International wine show judging. He is a passionate advocate for both Australian and International wine.