This article (see link below) quotes Michael Cooper, a New Zealand wine writer, saying, ‘”If my wine-writing career failed I would either set up a wine competition or start up a religion because they are both good ways of making money.”
Needless to say I was compelled to write a letter to the Editor which was published in the Marlborough Express today. It reads as follows:
Letter to the Editor, Marlborough Express 5 January 2012
After reading the article ‘A vine way to make a living’ about New Zealand wine writer, Michael Cooper – I am compelled to write on behalf of Wine Competition Ltd.
Mr Cooper has no experience in the organisation of wine competitions.
Mr Cooper makes the statement, ‘If my wine-writing career failed I would either set up a wine competition or start up a religion because they are both good ways of making money.’ I cannot speak for all wine competitions, but as a director of Wine Competition Ltd, owners and organisers of the Spiegelau International Wine Competition and The Marlborough Wine Show, and having been involved in the Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Competition since the mid-nineties including as Director from 2005 – 2010, I can categorically state he is wrong.
The Spiegelau International Wine Competition and The Marlborough Wine Show were conceived to add value to the wine industry and the wine consumer. While returning a small profit for the value we provide is highly desirable, ‘making money’ as suggested by Mr Cooper is totally incorrect.
In addition, Wine Competition Ltd is the only company to auction bottles of wine not required during the judging process and return the proceeds to industry via a Charitable Trust. The proceeds donated to the Trust (to be made available to the New Zealand wine industry both locally and nationally) totalled $17,000 last year.
Belinda Jackson, Director – Wine Competition Ltd