LOOKING FOR WINES THAT WILL AGREEABLY COMPLEMENT FOOD.
1. One of the main aims of the Competition is to
offer consumers independent information to help in their choice of wines more
likely to enhance the pleasures of the daily dining experience and, by so
doing, to add enjoyment and contentment to their everyday lives. This is the
main service the Competition offers.
2. Food comes in a myriad of flavours and textures,
at many temperatures - both in Celsius - and spice. Wines, too, offer many
flavours and styles. Wine can enhance the dining experience by adding complementary
flavours to the food that cannot be added in the cooking or preparation
3. There is little organised food-related
information available to the average consumer to help him/her know which wine
to choose to complement a given dish. Chosen without discernment, wine
becomes merely another alcoholic beverage.
4. Most wine competitions stop at judging wine
quality. Since it's inception in 1982, this Competition has gone beyond that,
seeking out wines of highest quality that go well with food, with judges’
comments as to why they believe this to be so*, and placing the best wines
into thirteen easy to understand wine styles, sufficient to meet most dining
requirements. (*There is certainly room for a judge's dissent.)
5. The choice of wine that will provide greatest
satisfaction in combination with a given dish will always be a matter of
purely personal sensory preference and the Competition has neither aim nor
intention to tell anyone "you should drink this with that".
6. Each year, the Award winning wines of the
Competition are promoted through the Competition’s website, press releases,
promotional events and through the Sydney Awards Wine Tasting Exhibition (open
to members of the public).
7. The Competition offers wine buyers important
information to supplement that appearing on the wine's label (and other
sources) to help diners make that choice through:
o the style classifications, which offer an
indication of each wine's relative "weight" or palate
o the opportunity for a consumer to taste the Award
winning wines and record his/her own impressions;
o the comments and descriptions on each wine by the
Competition's experienced and highly qualified international panel of
o the assurance that, technically, every one of the
TOP 1OO wines is of high quality by international standards, in the
collective opinion of the panel.
These days, wines from most wine
producing country are widely distributed to the world's markets. For today's
wine consumer, choice is everywhere. Why pay $50.00 for Chablis when an
Orange (a nearby high altitude NSW vignoble) or Russian River Chardonnay may
meet the quality and style requirements of the dish for a half the price?
Knowing how to intelligently take advantage of this vast choice is the key to
greater wine-drinking pleasure and satisfaction. Wherever wines are available
and enjoyed, the information emanating from the Sydney International Wine
Competition will be useful and relevant.