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

Wine

Fair on May 12.




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Talking terroir

When Bordeaux was in fashion, it seemed almost logical that we should fetishise winemakers. Here were people responsible for brilliant acts of blending, across large estates and multiple grape varieties, including superstars such as cabernet sauvignon and merlot. These days, fashion has moved on and pinot noir is ascendant. As a result, the star of the winemaker has fallen and we find ourselves following a new star in the sky: terroir.

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