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20/11/2014

Air New Zealand Wine Awards to be showcased in Australia

Wines from this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards will be the focus of two upcoming tasting events in Melbourne and Brisbane where guests will be among the first in Australia to sample a selection of 80 gold and silver medal-winning drops.

Judges have awarded a record 112 gold medals to wines from around the country at this year’s awards – the highest tally of golds handed out since the competition began in 1974. 

David Brookes, one of two Air New Zealand Wine Awards international judges will be on-hand to talk about the wines and present a selection of trophy winners at the tasting events.

The first will take place on Monday 24 November at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne just days after the announcement of the elite gold medal and trophy winners at a black tie dinner in Hawke’s Bay this Saturday 22 November.

Brisbane’s Restaurant Two will host the second tasting on Wednesday 26 November. At each event, the respective executive chefs Jason Camillo (Grand Hyatt) and David Pugh (Restaurant Two) have created matched canapé stations to complement the wines.

For more information and wine trade registration to these events visit www.nzwine.com/events/australia.

About the Air New Zealand Wine Awards

The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is a celebration of excellence in New Zealand winemaking and is considered the country’s most prestigious wine competition. The competition is owned and organised by New Zealand Winegrowers, the national organisation for the country's 1600 grapegrowers and winemakers. 

This year's competition saw 1552 wines entered into 16 different classes. In addition to the 112 gold medals, 226 silver medals and 411 bronze medals were also handed out, bringing the total number of medals awarded to 749.

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