‘Unique line-up of International Judges for New Zealand’s Spiegelau International Wine Competition’

Judging of the third annual Spiegelau International Wine Competition takes place next week with over 1,000 wines entered.

From a total of 12 judges, three are flying in from Australia and one from Singapore to add their extensive experience to the eight-strong New Zealand team at this year’s  Competition. There are also eight associate roles given to those in the industry looking to increase their judging experience.

Joining regulars Ralph Kyte-Powell from Melbourne and Adelaide-based consultant Phil Reedman MW are Annette Scarfe, a newly minted MW based in Singapore and Nick Ryan, wine writer and commentator from Sydney.

Chief Judge, Mike DeGaris commenting on the appointments said, “This show always has a very strong judging line-up and with the addition of Nick and Annette we are in a perfect position to appraise the 1100 or so entries.”

Trophy sponsors also make for an impressive list and include Singapore Airlines, Silver Fern Farms, Caffe L’affare, Scenic Hotel Group, Liquorland, Antipodes Water Company and the Gow Langsford Gallery. Director Belinda Jackson says, “These companies share our vision of excellence. We are delighted to partner with such influential brands”.

The Awards Dinner and announcement of trophies is being held on 9 August in Auckland.

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About Belinda Jackson's Blog

I'm a professional wino! I am GM for Blind River, a small vineyard planted with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in Marlborough's beautiful Awatere Valley. You can see more at www.blindriver.co.nz. I am a director of Wine Competition Ltd which owns and runs two independent wine competitions in New Zealand: the Spiegelau International Wine Competition (www.spiegelauiwc.co.nz) and the Marlborough Wine Show (www.marlboroughwineshow.co.nz) When not 'wining' I am championing local causes such as Renwick Smart & Connected and the Mistletoe Bay Foundation. I have been on the board of New Zealand Riding for the Disabled for over six years. I have three books published and I have a regular wine slot on Radio New Zealand. I started in the wine industry in Bordeaux in the mid-eighties before heading back to the UK to work with a wine wholesaler. Ten years later I was responsible for sourcing and buying 750,000 cases of wine from around the world for one of the country's big brewers. I have been in NZ since 1995 and absolutely love it (the only other place I'd want to live is France...)
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