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Call for entries for 2007 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Organisers of this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards have called for entries, and announced a number of changes to enhance the prestigious competition.

Chair of Judges, Steve Smith MW, who was appointed in April, said changes were necessary as the New Zealand wine industry continued to rapidly evolve both in New Zealand and overseas. “We’ve made a number of changes to make New Zealand’s most prestigious wine competition even better,” Smith said.

Highlights of the improvements include: • A new trophy — the Champion Sustainable Wine Trophy — will replace the Reserve Wine of the Show (effectively the runner-up) and becomes the second most important trophy awarded • An increase in the number of international judges, to four • The introduction of a new Elite Gold Medal for classic wines • Increasing the qualification criteria for a Bronze Medal • An increased emphasis on specialist judges judging specialist classes • Increasing minimum production levels for entry into the Open and Limited categories and a new Exhibition category.

Smith said the Awards had a long history of adapting to the changing nature of the New Zealand wine industry including changes such as the introduction of new varietal classes, an increase in the number of judging panels, and changes to medal qualification criteria.

Entries close on 21 September. For further information visit www.airnzwineawards.co.nz

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