A glass of wine to wash down that Grape Debate?

Is bigger better when it comes to wine?
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Is bigger better when it comes to wine?

Nearly 200 of the 250 tickets on sale for this year's Colliers Rural Grape Debate are already sold.

The annual event is back for a third year on August 4, this time being held in a marquee on the grounds of Te Awa Winery, but still pitting two teams of winemakers against each other.

One team is made up of three winemakers from smaller boutique producers, up against three from giant producers, all mediated by comedian Jeremy Corbett as they debate the moot "is bigger better".

Tony Bish from Tony Bish Wines, Rod Easthope from Easthope family Winegrowers and Kate Radburnd from Pask Winery will represent the boutiques.

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Speaking for the giants are Nick Picone from Villa Maria, Patrick Materman from Pernod Ricard and Nikolai St George from Giesen. 

Along with the debate the night also includes a three-course meal, live auction and plenty of wine.

This year will be a first debating and attending for Nick Picone from Villa Maria.

After a busy harvest Picone said he was still working on developing his argument but was firm in his view of large wineries being able to create a fantastic drop.

"There's a misconception bigger wineries can't produce great wines or pay the same attention to detail that the smaller guys can," he said.

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Larger companies could produce great wine, plus they often had more resources to do this by attracting the best people and vineyard sites.

Bish who took part as a debater at the first event two years ago, then attended as an audience member last year, said it was a great event and supported a good cause.

He promised to "take the gloves off" for this year's debate and was confident the crowd would leaving thinking boutique wines were well and truly better by the end of the night.

All proceeds raised would go to the Lowe Corp Rescue Helicopter, with tickets $150 from Eventfinda and Planit Events.

 - Stuff

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