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Entries close September 9 for the 2007 Sydney International Wine Competition, the world’s only major competition in which wines are judged with food.
Judging wines alongside appropriate food yields very different results to those of conventional wine shows, and over 25 years the SIWC has established itself as a reliable guide to wines that work well where it counts — at the table.
The SIWC’s trademarked, medallion-like stickers now adorn more than three million bottles each year, demonstrating producer confidence that inclusion in the competition’s ‘TOP 1OO Wines’ has significant merchandising impact.
Entry in the 2007 competition is capped at 2000 wines, mainly from Australia and New Zealand but also including a number of other countries.
Judging will take place over five days (October 9–13) at Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains on Sydney’s western outskirts.
Chief Judge is Adelaide Hills-based Kym Milne MW (Master of Wine), one of the world’s leading wine making and wine business consultants.
A total of 13 judges from seven countries (Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, UK, USA, South Africa and Argentina) allocate wines to various ‘style’ categories based on palate weight and texture, or ‘mouth-feel’.
Wines are assessed, and reassessed, in groups of around 40, until judges agree on the top 20 per cent. The top wines are then judged with food, and from them the ‘TOP 1OO Wines’ and the competition’s major award-winners emerge.
Producers can obtain more information and enter via the SIWC website at www.top100wines.com.