YOU know you’ve made it in the wine world when you spend your days sipping some of the world’s finest and spitting it into a bucket.
As was the case for the dozens of judges critiquing hundreds of entries in the region’s largest wine show at Woodside Hall.
The Griffith Showgrounds played host to the annual Riverina Wine Show once again this week, which wrapped up with the International Sweet Wine Challenge yesterday.
Entries were up this year and 828 labels – including the sweet wine challenge – from all over the globe made the judging list.
Stuart McGrath-Kerr from the Riverina Winemakers Association said while entries this year had increased, the overall intake had been around this level for the past three years.
“It’s certainly not declining like other wine shows which is a good sign,” Mr McGrath-Kerr said.
“We’ve been really promoting the winners in previous years, which helps, and we’ve even had entries out of Canada this year.
“The bulk of entries are from out of town but we do have a lot of local companies represented.”
Esteemed wine critic and chair of judges Ben Edwards was back for his fourth and final year at the helm, accompanied by Swedish sommelier Madeleine Stenwreth.
“It’s a nice diverse group of judges and Madeleine brings a great deal of experience to the table so it’s great to have her on board,” Mr Edwards said.