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Auckland's Biggest Annual Wine Tasting

Town Hall Hosts Auckland's Biggest Annual Wine Tasting

This Saturday March 9th from midday until 4 pm the Auckland Town Hall hosts the New Zealand Wine Society Royal Easter Wine Show public tasting. More than 480 wines, all entered in the 49th annual competition will be open and available to taste for enthusiastic wine lovers.

"Whatever your taste in wine, this is the ultimate chance to pick your favourites from the 2000 vintage, with 163 wineries represented in one place. The record number of medals awarded in the 2002 New Zealand Wine Society Royal Easter Wine Show, confirms the success of the 2000 and 2001 vintage for NZ wineries and makes the public tasting a particularly worthwhile event." said Senior Judge, Mike DeGaris.

"50 gold medals (up from 43 last year) were awarded, with 125 silver medals and 312 bronze - a show record" said Mr DeGaris "consumers should be enthusiastic about wines from the 2000 and 2001 vintages. These results confirm both vintages as high quality, especially for Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot and Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon blends. "

Chief Judge Bob Campbell said the sheer number of quality wines is good news for the consumer and the industry as a whole. He said "While a medal of any colour denotes a wine of good quality, the number of Gold Medals in this year's results show that the range of very top wines is expanding. Importantly, the record number of award-winning wines of bronze medal standard is very encouraging and shows that in every price bracket quality wines are more available than ever before to the New Zealand wine drinker."

So come to the city's biggest tasting this Saturday March 9th from midday until 4 pm at the Auckland Town Hall. Tickets are $30 each (there are no other charges), and available by phoning 0800 80 WINE or simply turn up on the day.

A full list of results is available on the internet at www.wineshow.co.nz


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