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Saturday 11 July 2020

Taste some wine with some friends; do some good

Bill Calabria was a tidy boxer back in the day. Even fought briefly as a professional. 

A very handy winemaker, too, producing some excellent wines under the Westend Estate and Calabria family labels, including pioneering alternative varieties.  

Good businessman, as well, expanding the family's holdings from the Riverina to the Barossa Valley. 

Bill has handed most of the Calabria Family Wines winemaking duties to Emma Norbiato these days, but he's still a good bloke - and a doughty worker for charity. 

Calabria Family Wines are giving wine lovers a virtual look inside their Griffith cellar door in an online tasting event with proceeds supporting Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation.

Guests are invited to join Bill Calabria AM and winemaker Norbiato for a guided tasting of the family’s premium wines on Thursday, August 6, from 6-7pm AEST.

Norbiato has hand selected six wines to taste in this online-only event, but interested tasters should get in quickly, as registrations close this Thursday, July 16.

Registration for this one-night-only virtual event is $300 with 50% of proceeds going to Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation. An ideal way to taste with some mates.

Each registration includes free delivery of the six selected wines, access to the online interactive tasting event, winemaker tasting notes, and an exclusive coupon for future purchases from Calabria Family Wine’s online cellar door.

“With the necessary social distancing measures in place, the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation has been unable to host its usual calendar of fundraising events,” said Calabria.

“As one of the foundation’s long time beverage partners, we thought this event would be a great opportunity to connect with the community and continue to raise some much-needed funds in the process.”

Funds raised for the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation will go towards helping front-line medical staff continue to care for sick children with serious conditions and illnesses.

“We hope in some small way this tasting experience will do some good for those less fortunate and I look forward to welcoming everyone, virtually, into my private cellar,” said Calabria.

For more information or to register visit

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