Are wine shows still relevant?
A highly productive two-day seminar on the future of the wine show system was held in the Hunter Valley recently, timed to coincide with a reunion of graduates of the 11 Len Evans Tutorials conducted to date, on what would have been Len Evans’s 82nd birthday.
The question was ‘Are wine shows still relevant?’ Ways to make shows more relevant to the public were canvassed by a roomful of winemakers, writers, judges and show society representatives.
Adoption of 100-point scoring, broadening the scope of the pool of judges, and the need for consensus between shows on standards and practices were discussed, as well as limiting the number of wines judged per day to 100 and remunerating judges.
One thing was agreed on: wine shows are still relevant and medals on bottles still help sell wine.