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Margaret River Wine Show entries reflects region’s commitment to quality and assessment

The continued strong growth of the 2007 Macquarie Margaret River Wine Show proves how the region is performing with growth and ambition.

At the close of entries deadline, 703 wines had been entered on par with the large increase recorded 2006. The show is now in it’s sixth year.

Virginia Willcock, Wine Show Technical Advisory Group Chair said, “the consistent support for the Wine Show highlighted its importance to the local wine industry and the Margaret River wine region.”

“The Wine Show can bring value for marketing potential and credibility gained through a trophy or medal win in an open competition, as well the ability for producers to see the best wines and clearly see what the potential is for variety and style within the region and aim for the best,” Willcock said.

The Wine Show welcomes esteemed Sydney Morning Herald wine writer Houn Hooke as Chairman of Judges. Hooke is one of Australia’s most respected wine writers with more than 20 years experience in the media and wine judging. The Association also welcomes the return of its International Judge UK judge Bill Baker for his second and final year.

Hooke and Baker will be well supported by a world recognised panel of judges who actively participant in the national wine show circuit; Louisa Rose, Dr Tony Jordan, Philip Rich, Chris Pfeiffer, Alex Hudak, Kim Horton, and Ross Pamment.

Judging comments from both Hooke and Baker will recorded this year for podcasting and will be available from the Association’s website.

Willcock said, “the Association would continue its focus on premium fine wines with an addition to this years show program having Baker using his extensive knowledge of international Chardonnays to conduct a Winemakers Master Class. Participants will be able to compare and contrast Chardonnays from Margaret River to those from around the world including Chile, France, Italy and New Zealand. It is through such initiatives the Association can continue to lead and highlight that the way ahead for Margaret River is always to focus on aiming to produce the best fruit and wine in the world.”

The Macquarie 2007 Margaret River Wine Show will be held on the 28 and 29 November at the Margaret River Education Campus, with the Gala Awards Dinner on November 29 at the Xanadu Winery. The Exhibitor Tasting takes place on 30 November at the Margaret River Education Campus.

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