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Entries now open for 2009 International Sweet Wine Challenge

As Australia’s premium dessert wine region, the Riverina Winemakers Association has established the International Sweet Wine Challenge (ISWC) to lift the global profile of the Riverina as a leading sweet wine region and allow all Australian dessert wines to be pitted against their international rivals.

Now in its fourth year, the RWA is proud to invite entries from around the world to the 2009 International Sweet Wine Challenge, to be judged in Griffith, New South Wales, Australia on 3 September 2009.

This year London-based expert on sweet wines Stephen Brook will be guest judge. Stephen wrote the definitive book on sweet wines. His Liquid Gold: Dessert Wines of the World won the Andre Simon Award in 1987 and Sauternes and the Other Sweet Wines of Bordeaux (Faber 1995) has become the standard work on the subject.

Last’s years ISWC saw a high standard of domestic and international entries from Australia, South Africa, Canada, France and New Zealand.

Australian winery Lillypilly Estate’s 2002 Noble Blend has won the International Sweet Wine of the Year for the second year running, while New Zealand winery Forrest won the trophy for the Best Sweet Wines Floral Styles with their 2006 botrytis Riesling.

The Sweet Wine Challenge is conducted each year by the Riverina Winemakers Association and is open to any non-fortified sweet wine. To be eligible for the Challenge a sweet wine must be commercially available in the country of origin, and hold a minimum stock of 50 case lots (12 x 750ml or equivalent) at the time of entry. There is also a museum class for wines that are not commercially available.

Entries close 21 August 2009.

Further information, including entry forms, can be found at www.sweetwinechallenge.com.au or by contacting Stuart McGrath-Kerr on 0011+61+2+6964 3504.

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