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English and Welsh wine awards receives record number of entries

Published:  14 June, 2010

The annual national competition for the UK wine industry - The English & Welsh Wine of the Year Competition has attracted the highest number of entries ever.

The additional numbers are said to be a reflection of the successful 2009 harvest and the growing number of new wines produced from more recently planted acreage.

Judging takes place today and tomorrow June 14/15, in Shaftesbury where over 200 English and Welsh wines will be put through rigorous assessment by a top panel of judges to find out which will be crowned Wine of the Year 2010.

The wines will be tasted blind by a panel of Masters of Wine and chaired by Susan McCraith MW, in the first year of her three year tenure.

McCraith said: "I'm looking forward to a fascinating two days of judging. I know we can expect some top quality wines and a good range of style and grape varieties to show the diversity of wines now produced in England and Wales."

Following the judging on June 15, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to taste from the line up of wines that were entered in to the competition.

The full results will be announced on Friday 18th June.