Judges start tasting 312 regional wines for Orange Wine Show

THE CONTENDERS: Orange Wine Show chief steward Will Rickard-Bell with some of  this year's entries. Photo: ANDREW MURRAY 1010am14262
THE CONTENDERS: Orange Wine Show chief steward Will Rickard-Bell with some of this year's entries. Photo: ANDREW MURRAY 1010am14262

It sounds like a dream job.

Three days of tasting the best Orange region wines, all 312 of them.

But considering the tasting judges will be spitting all the wine out, their expert opinions are vital and they have a time limit, judging the Orange Wine Show is no party.

Master of Wine, wine maker and wine writer Nick Bulleid is chairman of the judging panel which started the assessment on Tuesday.

Winemaker Will Rickard-Bell is the chief steward with the other judges being sommelier Stuart Knox and winemakers Nick Spencer, Drew Tuckwell, Lucy Maddox and Ulrich Grey-Smith.

Chairman of the wine show committee Justin Byrne said there were 312 entries.

“The strongest class in the reds is the shiraz, chardonnay is typically strong and the rose class is strong again after last year,” he said.

The winners will be announced at a lunch on Thursday at the Hotel Canobolas.

You can taste the best wines at the public Wine Show Tasting event at the hotel on Friday night as part of the Orange Wine Festival which runs from October 13-22.

  • We have two double passes to win for the Tasting event. Go to our Facebook page and post a photo of yourself enjoying a favourite wine. Entries close midnight Thursday. The winners will be chosen at random Friday morning.