International judges announced for 2013 Air New Zealand Wine Awards


The 2013 Air New Zealand Wine Awards is pleased to announce the three international judges for this year’s Awards.

US wine writer Dan Berger, Australian sommelier and consultant Sophie Otton and Swedish Master of Wine Madeleine Stenwreth will be in New Zealand in early November to judge over 1,300 wines at New Zealand’s premier wine competition, the Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

“Having such a high calibre of experienced judges at this year’s Awards is excellent and ensures that the Awards remain of true international standard,” says Air New Zealand Wine Awards Chair of Judges Michael Brajkovich MW. “Furthermore, we have representation from two of our main export markets (Australia and the US) as well as a market where there are real growth opportunities (Mainland Europe).”

Judging for the 2013 Air New Zealand Wine Awards will take place from 4 to 6 November in Auckland.  The gold medal winning wines will be announced on 13 November and the trophy winning wines will be unveiled at a gala dinner, attended by New Zealand’s top winemakers and industry figures, on 23 November at the Queenstown Events Centre.

The Air New Zealand Wine Awards has been running for over 30 years, and recognises excellence in winemaking in New Zealand. The competition is owned and organised by New Zealand Winegrowers, the national organisation for the country’s 1,700 grape growers and winemakers. Entries for the 2013 competition open to New Zealand wineries on 13 August.

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