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International wine identity to judge Australia's premier wine show

International wine educator, David Furer will be joining Australia’s leading wine experts to award the best domestic wines at the Macquarie Bank Sydney Royal Wine Show, 5 – 8 February 2007.

Organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS), the Show has earned its reputation as one of the premier events on Australia’s wine calendar over its 180 year history. The Show is renowned for its high judging standards and the participation of leading individual judges including the late Len Evans, Brian Croser and James Halliday, the current Chairman of Judges.

David Furer has an impressive international background, having worked as a buyer and educator in the USA and UK, as well as writing for many industry publications including Wine Enthusiast Magazine (USA), Wine Business Monthly (Australia), Barfly and Harper’s Weekly (UK). David is a regular guest lecturer at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and is a Certified Wine Educator, Master Sommelier and nominee for the James Beard Award for his wine writing.

“The Wine Committee is pleased to have David Furer join our judging team in 2007,” said Mr James Halliday, Chairman of Judges. “The judging process of the Sydney Royal Wine Show has an esteemed reputation, employing Australia’s finest experts and Associate Judges who have completed the rigorous training as part of the Len Evans Tutorials.”

The 2007 Show is set to be an impressive event, with approximately 2000 entries from wineries all around Australia competing. Two new trophies recognise the importance of two varieties of particular relevance to Australian wine production: the Semillon Annual Trophy and the Chardonnay Annual Trophy.

The 2007 Panel Chairs include Jim Brayne, Tim James, Tom Carson, Iain Riggs and Ian McKenzie. It will also feature nine judges and 15 Associate Judges, eight of whom have recently graduated from the Len Evans Tutorial Program.

The Macquarie Bank Sydney Royal Wine Show marks the first event in the 2007 Sydney Royal Wine, Dairy and Fine Food Shows’ program.

Judging will take place from Monday, 5 February to Thursday, 8 February at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. 2007 will also mark the first accessible public wine tasting event – the Sydney Royal Wine Show Uncorked to be held on Saturday 17 February at Sydney Showground.

For further information, please visit http://www.sydneyroyalshows.com.au

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