16 November 2006

National Wine Show of Australia

| johnboy
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Big Al sent in the following:

A couple of pictures from the National Wine Show of Australia held at EPIC this week.

The Royal National Canberra Agricultural Society hosts the national show in November each year – where wines from all over Australia and New Zealand fight it out to see who’s best of the best. To gain entry to the show a wine will generally have to have been awarded at least a silver medal at a regional or state show.

Over 1200 entries were judged by twelve judges over three days. I don’t much fancy the idea of shaping up to 71 2004 and younger shiraz’s first up at 0830 in the morning!

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I think that “Royal” simply denotes that the head of state has agreed to be a patron of the society – so I guess it would even be possible to have a Royal Republican Association – so long as the Queen was happy to be a patron of that group.

Isn’t Royal National an oxymoron?

The cred of a wine show is probably centred on the judges that they attract – The National attracts the best in Australia so it’s seen as the peak in competition.

There’s no public tasting but there is what they call a VIP tasting next week – tickets are distributed through sponsors of the show and to members of the RNCAS – they’re pretty hard to come by.

Do you know whether there’s a public tasting day, a la the Reisling Challenge?

What’s the story with the Canberra show? I understand some wine shows are a bit of a joke, others well regarded.

I love the white coats to try and look professional!

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