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International Wine Challenge

In the year 1983 the British wine expert Robert G. Joseph (* 1949) together with Charles Metcalfe The magazine "Wine International" was founded in 2005 in " Wine & Spirit International "Was renamed. At the same time, the wine competition "International Wine Challenge" and later also the competition "International Spirit Challenge" was launched. Joseph also served as chairman but retired to newspaper editor William Reed following the sale of the magazine in 2005, including the International Wine Challenge. In the first year a total of modest 38 wines were evaluated, today there are up to 10,000 annually. This makes IWC the largest and most prestigious event of its kind in the world and rightfully calls itself the subtitle "The world's largest wine competition". The competition is chaired by Charles Metcalfe, Derek Smedley (MW), Tim Atkin (MW) and Sam Harrop (MW). It is carried out annually. The wines must be submitted by the end of March. The tastings will take place in London for two weeks in April.

The wine review Depending on the amount of wines from 400 to 500 professional degustators in the form of blind tastings carried out. None of the jurors is from the producer circle. It will be Flights (Groups) of 8 to 14 bottles of similar wines compared - for example, only wines from Meursault, Only wines with at least 85 points (out of a maximum of 100) come in the second round, which is usually around 60%. Special judges, however, make sure that no wine is unjustly eliminated. Gold (95 to 100 points), Silver (90 to 94), and Bronze (85 to 89) are awarded for the five categories Sparkling Wines, White Wines, Fortified Wines, Red Wines and Sweet Wines. In each category, a gifted winemaker or producer is also awarded the coveted title "Winemaker of the Year". Those producers who consistently performed at their peak for at least five years are awarded the prestigious Trophy.

The "Awards" will be announced one month later in May, the "Trophies" in June. In September there will be an Award Dinner, to which all winners will be invited. The final result is the "Champion Trophy Wines". The best wine per category will be awarded to the gold medal winners. At the event in 2008, more than 9,000 wines were submitted by 1,435 producers from 39 countries. 267 gold, 1,257 silver and 2,140 bronze medals were awarded. The most successful countries were France (696), Australia (587) and Spain (381). Among the 116 trophies, the most successful were France (20), Australia (18), Portugal (13), Italy (10) and Spain (8). In honor of the five-time "Winemaker of the Year" Alois cracker (1959-2007) from Austria the "Sweet Wine Trophy" was renamed "Alois Kracher Trophy". See also below awards and wine Events,

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