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The President’s Medal at the Sydney Royal Wine Show has more than a whiff of the Emperor’s Prize about it. You know the story?

In the 1881 International Exhibition in Melbourne, a bottle of St Huberts Yarra Valley red wine was judged off against a steam engine and a ladies’ felt hat for a prize for the most meritorious exhibit, donated by the German Emperor. Don’t ask me how the judges arrived at their decision, but the wine won.

Casella’s 2010 Yellow Tail Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is up against a King Island cloth-wrapped cheddar, a Grandvewe blue cheese, Tathra Bistro Grade Oysters, St Agnes XO Brandy, and Milly Hill grass-fed lamb for the NSW Royal Agricultural Society President’s Medal, which is being judged as we speak. The wine (as yet unreleased) won top gold medal in its class at February’s Sydney Royal Wine Show. It’s not only quality that the judges assess, but environmental, sustainability and financial aspects of the business. The result will be announced on July 26.

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