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Marlborough wine show launches

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Marlborough wine show launches

A new initiative designed to showcase Marlborough's wines is being launched today. The Marlborough Wine Show, an independent event run by Wine Competition Ltd, has set out to demonstrate to the world's wine media and global wine markets that Marlborough offers significant and valuable diversity through its sub-regions and wine styles.

Led by highly respected Chief Judge, Jeff Clarke, the judging team includes leading Marlborough winemaker judges Olly Masters, Cath Oates, Simon Waghorn, Patrick Materman and Anna Flowerday. Guest international judge is Melbourne based Ben Edwards, President of the Australian Sommeliers Association. Ben has won a number of accolades as well as being the sole co-contributor to Australia's best selling wine guide, the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion. Today amongst various judging duties, Ben is Chairman of the Riverina Wine Show and the Canberra Regional Wine Show while also being a panel chair at Australia's premier show, the RNCAS National Wine Show in Canberra.

Competition Director, Belinda Jackson comments, "Never has there been a better time for Marlborough wine producers to stand up and shout from the rooftops about their region. Marlborough is not a 'one horse town' - we want to see sub-regions represented on wine lists and on shelves and to promote the diversity of styles that Marlborough offers."

Judging is being held at the Marlborough Convention Centre on 1st and 2nd September, 2011. At the end of both days, organisers are inviting local wine industry personnel to come and taste the wines, giving an invaluable opportunity for wine producers.

Following Friday's judging and tasting, bottles of wine not required during the judging process will be auctioned and proceeds donated to the local industry.

Wine Competition Ltd has set up a Charitable Trust to facilitate this funding with the goal of contributing to research or specific projects developed to enhance Marlborough's position within the wine arena.

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