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SIWC to announce the award winners for 2008

The Sydney International Wine Competition (SIWC) will officially announce The Highly Commended, Blue-Gold and TOP 1OO/Blue-Gold Awards for 2008 on 1 March at the Competition’s Trophy Presentations Dégustation Banquet and on the Competition’s website top100wines.com.

The Sydney International Wine Competition is aimed at assisting consumers to 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 can easily be judged on the strength of palate than the versatility of the wine for drinking. Often the wines that come up trumps on these occasions do not translate well at the dining table. Founded in 1982, the Sydney International Wine Competition stood to award wines for their affinity with food. It was the first and still one of the few 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.

The judging panel consists of six Australian and eight international judges, four of whom are Masters of Wine. The Chairman of Judges is international winemaking consultant, Kym Milne MW.

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

The Sydney International Wine Competition TOP 1OO/Blue Gold Award Winners will be exhibited for tasting by the public for one day on Saturday 15 March 2008 at The Menzies 14 Carrington Street, Sydney.

Session one from 10am to 12noon 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 Red and Fortified wine categories at a ticket price of $44. For both sessions the ticket price is $66. To book on-line or for more information on the Sydney International Wine Competition visit www.top100wines.com.

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