Stage is set for IWC's champions

02 May, 2008

Three-hundred and seventy-six judges have spent nine days judging a record number of the world's best wines - and sakes - at this year's International Wine Challenge at London's Barbican.

This year saw the appointment of 20 tasting panel chairmen whose job was to ensure that the quality, potential and typicity of every wine was fairly and consistently assessed.

Wines were tasted from 38 countries including, for the first time, entries from Brazil, Denmark, India, Japan, Montenegro, Serbia, Tunisia and Ukraine.

Retired footballer David Ginola will be announcing medal winners at the London International Wine Fair on May 20, where a selection of the wines will also be available for tasting.




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