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SIWC announces award winners for 2008

The Sydney International Wine Competition (SIWC) is pleased to officially announce the Highly Commended, Blue-Gold and Top 1OO/Blue-Gold Award winners for 2008.

The Sydney International is aimed at assisting consumers make appropriate wine selections for occasions when they are most likely to consume wine — with a meal.

Mainstream wine shows and competitions judge wines alone and for this reason wines can easily be judged on their strength of palate rather than their versatility for accompanying food. Often the wines that come up trumps at these other judgings do not translate well at the dining table. Founded in 1982, from the outset, the Sydney International Wine Competition stood to award wines for their affinity with food. It was the first and still one of the few major international competitions in the world to judge wines with food.

After an initial culling process, the finalists are divided into thirteen Style Categories, from lighter to fuller bodied, as determined by the Judges’ themselves. The wines in these Style Categories are then assessed beside food dishes of similar flavour intensity. In this way, the winners are chosen to cover a wide range of dining requirements.

This year’s judging panel consisted of six Australian and eight international judges, including four Masters of Wine. The third term Chairman of Judges was Australian born and educated international winemaking consultant, Kym Milne MW.

“Over the years, the SIWC has gained a reputation for being a wine show offering results that are of real benefit to the wine consumer,” says founder and competition director, Warren Mason.

The Sydney International Wine Competition TOP 1OO and Blue Gold Award Winners will be exhibited for public tasting for one day only on Saturday 15 March 2008 at The Menzies 14 Carrington Street, Sydney. Session One from 10 am to 12 noon will exhibit the Award winners in the Sparkling, Dry Whites, Rosés and Dessert wine categories at a ticket price of $33 per person. Session Two from 2 pm to 5 pm will exhibit the Award winners in the Dry Reds and Fortified wines categories at a ticket price of $44. To attend both sessions, the ticket price is $66.

The full results of the Competition, including details of Trophy winners, will be announced on 1 March 2008 at the Competition’s Trophy Presentations Dégustation Banquet and on the Competition’s website.

To book on-line for either/both of the above events or for more information on the Sydney International Wine Competition, visit www.top100wines.com

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