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THE 34th Sydney International Wine Competition (SIWC) – the only international wine competition that judges its 400+ finalists in combination with suitable food – has opened for entries for the 2015 competition.

The competition, sponsored by Winetitles among others, is open to grapewines from all countries.

However,  because of the logistics involved in judging wines with food, the competition can only accept a maximum of 2000 wines for judging, on a first come first served basis.

With no minimum production requirements, it is one of the few international wine shows available to experimental and small makers to test their wines beside major producers.

The competition will be judged by an international panel of judges in mid-October.

The panel of fourteen judges and one associate judge in residence includes six senior winemakers, five Masters of Wine and two Master Sommeliers drawn from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US and UK.

Award winners will be notified in November with trade and public tastings held in Sydney in early February 2015.

Sydney International Wine Competition director Warren Mason said the show favours food-friendly wines of balance and harmony that are immediately attractive for use with food.

“A wine that is successful in traditional wine shows often tastes quite different when matched with food,” he said.

“Each year, we have first time entrants who, because of the nature of traditional wine shows, have been reluctant to enter their wines.

“This show offers the opportunity for their wines to show their true qualities.”

He said the show offers comprehensive feedback for winemakers through the individual judges’ comments on the award winning wines, published on the competition’s website.

“But the main aim of the Sydney International Wine Competition is to help consumers confidently select wines at different price points that are more appropriate for dining,” he added.

Entry forms are now available at www.top100wines.com

Contact: Warren Mason

P: 61 (0)2 4757 4400

E: wbmason@top100wines.com