Entries open for Vins de Pays contest

09 February, 2007

The 2007 Top 100 Vins de Pays competition opens for entries on Feb 12.

Now in its fourth year, the competition aims to pick the

best of France's Vins de Pays, which are set as a benchmark

comparison for wines not only from France, but from all over the world. This year the winning wines will be shown at Vinexpo and at the SIAL food industry exhibition in China at the beginning of May.

OLN's wine editor at large Tim Atkin MW will chair a panel of 16 judges, ­including Majestic's Chris Hardy, Thresher's Jonathan Butt, Waitrose's Andrew Shaw and Marks & Spencer's Jo Ahearne. The panel will judge the wines over two days in March.

Atkin said: "The Top 100 Vins de Pays competition has established itself as an important and successful competition in the UK. Once again, I'm sure that the entries will demonstrate the value for money and stylistic diversity of French Vins de Pays."

Paul Young, director of wine merchant Imbibros, said: "I think it's an excellent way of tasting some of the best wines.

"From a very personal point of view, I picked up more last year because we were new and starting from nothing. Now it's more a case of refining and adding to our range."

Closing date for entries is March 5

and all samples must be delivered by March 9. Find out more at www.vins-de-pays.info/100vdp.

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