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Record entries expected for 2008 National Cool Climate Wine Show

Following 2007's approximate 900 entries, the National Cool Climate Wine Show (NCCWS) anticipates a rise in numbers at this year's show, to be held again in Bathurst from 14–17 October 2008.

Chair of the Show committee, Mark Renzaglia, said it was also the 10th anniversary of the Show and the increasing number of entries reflected the growing prestige and importance of the event on the Australian wine show calendar.

He said Bathurst continues to experience significant growth as a wine region, due to the increasing expertise of the Bathurst regional vignerons.

Entries close September 12, 2008, and the 300-entry rise from 2006 to 2007 demonstrates cool climate wine growers and makers' enthusiasm and support for the Show.

Renowned Australian vigneron and wine judge, Tim Knappstein, will lead the two judging panels over October 14–16. The Show will close with a public wine-tasting on the evening of October 17 at $25 per ticket.

A shiraz from Winburndale (Bathurst) won a best in Show award in 2005 and other Bathurst winemakers have collected gold, silver and bronze medals in increasing numbers over the past five years. In 2007 the Champion wine of the Show was Portsea Estate's Pinot Noir 2006.

Details regarding how to enter your cool climate wines can be found on the Show's website www.coolwines.com.au. Exhibits need to be delivered by 30th September 2008 to the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre, 1 Kendall Ave Bathurst 2795.

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