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Liquorland Top 100 Wines Competition

August 27, 2002

Record Number Of Entries Into Liquorland Top 100 Wines Competition

A record number of wines have been entered into the 2002 Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Show, confirming it is New Zealand's largest wine competition.

Over 1480 entries have been received into the Show from 320 local and international wineries, up from 1380 entered in 2001, with a number of first time entrants coming from smaller wineries throughout New Zealand.

Judging of the 2002 Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Show starts today and chief judge and Master of Wine, Bob Campbell who has been associated with the competition since its inception in 1994, believes the competition will the toughest yet.

“It is fantastic to see so many world-renown as well as smaller, local wineries participating in the competition this year,” Mr Campbell says.

“It certainly shapes up this year’s Show to be one of the most competitive I’ve ever been involved in,” he says.

The 2002 Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Show is now in it’s ninth year and is not only the largest, but is renown, as one of the most reputed wine competitions in the country.

Fifteen senior judges including Masters’ of Wines, industry personnel, and chief winemakers from many of New Zealand's most prestigious vineyards are involved in the judging process.

The wines are judged in 28 classes and contend for a Gold, silver or bronze medal. The best wines in each category then compete for one of fourteen Trophy awards as well as the Overall Best Wine in Show and the Winery of the Year awards.

The judging is held over three full days from August 27, 28 and 29, 2002 at the North Harbour Stadium, in Auckland. The results of the competition will be announced at the official Liquorland Top 100 International Wines Show awards on October 3, 2002.

The Liquorland Top 100 Wines is the only major local competition that compares New Zealand wines, with wines from other countries, which assists consumers in finding the best value for money for selecting their tipple.


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