Click on image to enlarge
Ken Dobler (NSW)
Hunter Valley Based, New South Wales,
Medical practitioner, wine
judge, wine importer and educator.
Ken developed an interest in food and wine early
in his undergraduate years at Sydney University, at which time he began writing
a fine food and wine column in the journal of the Sydney University Medical
graduating from university he took up residency at the Westmead Hospital in
Sydney but his interest in food and wine soon lured him to the Hunter Valley
where he planted a vineyard and started work for Kirkton Park Country House
Hotel as Food and. Beverage Manager and, eventually, General Manager. Whilst
working at Kirkton Park he enrolled in the Wine Science course at. Charles
his tenure at Kirkton Park a chance encounter with Len Evans fuelled his
enthusiasm for the Australian Wine Show system.
Ken's show judging career started in 1996 as
a trainee associate at the Hunter Valley Wine Show where he progressed to
associate and eventually judge and has judged at that show on some 10
He was awarded the Petaluma
Scholarship to attend The Len Evans Tutorials in 2003
He has also judged the National Wine Show
Canberra and the Sydney Royal Wine Show a number of times Ken has judged the
Sydney International Wine Competition since 2007.
For several years Ken has been engaged in
wine education, chiefly through the Pokolbin Sommeliers Group and the Hunter
Wine Forum. He acts as a consultant to Akkerman Fine Wines and Milton Park
Country Hotel. Ken retains memberships of The Single Bottle Club, The Other
Bottle Club, the Confrerie de Chevalier du Tastevin and the Len Evans Options
well as conducting a busy medical practice in the Hunter Valley Ken continues
to make Chardonnay for Dobler Wines and is a principal of Domaine Burgundy wine
shippers, importers of high quality French wine.