This year's

24 April, 2009

International Wine Challenge has unearthed more medal winners than ever before, according to co-chairman Sam Harrop MW.

More than 400 judges

spent nine days judging more than 9,000 wines from 41 countries, including

Holland and Russia.

Harrop said: "The quality of entries is increasing, producers are being more selective

and we're seeing an increase in medals being awarded."

The results of the competition will be announced at the London International


Fair on May 12.

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I would like to think my outlook on things is generally optimistic. Perhaps that’s a natural consequence of working with something designed to give pleasure. But recently it has become increasingly difficult to ignore a creeping sense of negativity pervading the British wine trade.

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