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Panel announced for the 2010 Sydney International Wine Competition

The international judging panel for the 2010 Sydney International Wine Competition was recently announced, naming Kym Milne MW of South Australia as panel chairman.

Chefs, winemakers, cheesemakers, consultants and experts have been chosen from all over the world to judge the 2010 show.

Founded in 1982, the Sydney International Wine Competition is the only major wine show in the world that judges the wines not only technically, but critiques their ability to accompany and complement food.

Warren Mason, the competition’s director said “it is probably the largest aggregation of Masters on Wine on one panel in Australia’s wine judging history”.

“The other judges are equally qualified in different fields that don’t offer the prestigious MW initials,” Mason said.

Martin Williams MW, wine consultant, proprietor/winemaker of Metier & Milkwood Wines in Victoria is one of the selected judges on the panel.

“While I have had a lot of experience in wine judging, this is the first time I have been part of the panel for the Sydney International Wine Competition,” Williams said. “I have known about this show for many years and I have entered wine in previous years, so I am looking forward to being involved in the panel for 2010.”

“I think the key to this show is the systematic combination of wines with food. As a winemaker, I try to make wines that are well complemented with food, so I am interested to see this in action. I am filled with trepidation, as this show will be a marathon of tasting, eating and relaxing — hopefully the relaxation will make up for the hard flog!” he said.

Williams said the quality of Australian entries may reflect the conditions dealt with in 2008–09 vintage.

“As this is an international competition, we will be able to benchmark Australian wines with wines from around the world,” he said. “I will try to research through various journals the conditions experienced in other major regions across the globe.”

Judges were meticulously selected by invitation only. The chosen panel members have significant show judging experience in their own field or country, as well as a proven broad ranging tasting experience. Many of the participants were chosen based on recommendation and general profiles.

The top 100 and Blue-Gold award-winning wines from the 2009 competition will be available to taste at an exclusive tasting session held at the Menzies Hotel in Sydney on 4 April. Bookings are essential, visit www.top100wines.com, or email Warren Mason for more information.

Entry forms for the 2010 Sydney International Wine Competition are available from 1 June from www.top100wines.com, and are restricted to the first 2000 entries.

Panel Chairman Kym Milne MW (SA) International wine consultant

Panel Adrian Atkinson (UK) international wine development director, Pernod Ricard UK. Neil Hadley MW (NSW) export manager, Taylor’s Wines Steve Flamsteed (Vic) chef, cheesemaker, chief winemaker, Innocent Bystander Wines. Ken Dobler (NSW) national wine judge. 4th term SIWC panelist. Tony Allen, (UK) international wine buyer/marketeer. Warren Gibson (NZ) chief winemaker, Trinity Hills Wines, proprietor/winemaker, Bilancia Wines. Martin Williams MW (Vic) wine consultant, proprietor/winemaker, Metier & Milkwood Wines. Jane Boyce MW (Northern Ireland) wine writer, international wine/food consultant. Peter Marks MW (USA) vice president (education), Constellation Wines (USA) James Cluer MW (CAN) BC Government wine consultant, educator, winery manager. Lisa Perrotti-Jones MW (SIN) From USA, via London and Tokyo. Parker’s Asian wine correspondent. Liam McElhinney (NZ) winemaker, The Ned, Marlborough. Andrew Kemeny (NSW) reserve judge in residence, award-winning wine retailer.

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