From The Front: On Trophy Wines & Purple Teeth

From The Front: On Trophy Wines & Purple Teeth

by Chuck Hayward


The wine show system is not without controversy. Critics claim that by tasting so many wines, only the big and bold styles are recognized. Conspiracy theorists say that wineries submit entries that are not actually the "official" bottling released to the general public. Others argue that there are simply too many wine shows. Be that as it may, the Australian show system isn't going away.

I am currently judging at The Sydney International Wine Competition 2010 as one of 12 judges tasked with assessing almost 2000 wines. The panel includes five Masters of Wine, winemakers, journalists, and even a doctor. Over four days, we have sipped, slurped, and bemoaned the state of our purple teeth. Tonight after the judging is officially over, we all get dressed up for a formal thank you dinner and speeches- a tradition in the Australian wine industry. I'll have more to say about the Sydney show as well as some comments about the show system in a later blog. Cheers!

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