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THE French-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI) of Sydney has officially launched the second edition of Le Concours des Vins du NSW, a true celebration of the diversity and quality of NSW wines.

The event is organised under the patronage of the French Consulate General and is a wine competition which differs from other wine shows by promoting NSW wines from a French perspective.

Le Concours des Vins began 20 years ago in Melbourne and is a highly anticipated event on the Victorian wine judging calendar.

Last year the inaugural event in Sydney was a great success with more than 500 guests including winemakers and FACCI members and friends who attended the tasting at Doltone House in Pyrmont.

This year, the judging panel is made up of 10 French wine professionals from both Australia and abroad.

Franck Moreau MS, named ‘best sommelier Asia-Pacific’ in 2012 will lead the panel alongside:

  • Laure Gasparotto, highly regarded journalist working for Le Monde, the international newspaper based in Paris
  • Gilles Lapalus, Winegrower at Sutton Grange Winery
  • Céline Rousseau, Winemaker at Charlkers Crossing
  • Pierre Durand, Senior Wine Broker at Langton
  • Romuald Delage, Manager at Camperdown Cellars
  • Paul Huet, Assistant Sommelier at Mr Wong
  • Eric Demilt, Director at De Milt Epicurean Imports
  • Christophe Rebut, Managing Director at French Flair Food and Wine
  • Abel Bariller, Chef Sommelier at Sage Restaurant
  • Clément Guidici, Managing Director at Dynamic Wines

Together they will blind taste the wines and award gold, silver and bronze medals for 12 different categories.

The awards presentation and wine tasting evening will take place on Thursday 5th June at Dolton House.

Attracting a broad corporate guest base, as well as state government representatives, wine industry professionals, media and the public, the Concours tasting event is expected to sell out this year with more than 700 guests.

It will be a great opportunity to taste wines from NSW, discuss and debate with experts whilst enjoying some French cheese and charcuterie.

For more information about the 2014 Concours des Vins du NSW, visit www.facci.com.au/leconcoursdesvinsNSW/

About The French-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI)
FACCI is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to develop and strengthen links in the French-Australian Business Community. It excels at providing members with numerous opportunities to network with critical business and government contacts who share the same commercial interests.