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Helm sets the date for 2007 Riesling Challenge

The Southern Hemisphere’s biggest Riesling competition, the Canberra International Riesling Challenge will be held at the Hyatt Hotel, Canberra, on October 16–20 in 2007.

Announcing the dates, Challenge Chairman Ken Helm said he had high expectations of another huge response from Australian and international winemakers for the eighth annual challenge.

“Frankly we were stunned by the number of entries received in 2006 which confirmed just how popular Riesling has become in recent years,” Mr Helm said.

“After receiving 458 entries from nine countries last year, we are hopeful of hitting the 500-mark in 2007.”

Yalumba’s Louisa Rose will again chair the judging panel in 2007 and she will be joined by top European judge, Alexander Kohnen from the German Wine School who was an enthusiastic participant in last year’s competition.

Also on the judging panel will be John Belsham from New Zealand’s famous Marlborough region, David O’Leary from South Australia’s Clare Valley and Andrew Kemeny, Australia’s largest independent liquor retailer.

Leading Australian wine writer, Ken Gargett is the new addition to the judging team for this year’s competition.

Mr Helm said judging would take place over three days – October 16, 17 and 18 with the awards dinner on Friday October 19. The Hyatt Hotel will also host the popular public tasting on Saturday October 20.

“I am thrilled that the Hyatt Hotel is again the major sponsor of the event and is joined by Qantas in sponsoring the major prize for the Best Riesling from Australia and New Zealand,” Mr Helm said.

The Tim Adams 2006 Riesling won the major prize against hot competition in the 2006 Riesling Challenge.

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