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Aussie wines, French palates

The best of Australian wines are being put under the microscope, dancing on extremely experienced French palates at 2016’s KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show.

World renowned French-Canadian sommelier Michelle Bouffard is busy smelling, sipping and spitting more than 2,200 Australian wines from our best producers on day-two of judging out at the Sydney Showgrounds.

“I am so impressed with the rigour of the judging process at the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show and delighted with the standard of the wines that I have tasted so far,” she said.

“The Sydney Royal Wine Show is a prestigous event on the wine calendar, so when the opportunity arose for me to be the guest international judge, I could not say no.”

Ms Bouffard is a certified Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) educator and has been teaching the program across Canada in both French and English for many years.

Educating sommeliers has always been a passion for Ms Bouffard and in 2014 she founded the British Columbia (BC) Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers.

She also sits on expert panels for Cornucopia and the Vancouver International Wine Festival, and is a judge facilitator for the Vancouver Magazine wine awards.

Interestingly, Ms Bouffard is joined at 2016’s Wine Show by a French-born first time associate judge Emmanuel Cadieu sommelier at Felix restaurant, an advanced level graduate from the International Court of Master Sommeliers; and long-time steward, Panel Captain Guy Vaillant, Fine Wine Manager at Dan Murphy’s Willoughby. They join 60 highly-qualified judges and stewards from diverse backgrounds running the show.

Lyndey Milan OAM, Sydney Royal Wine Show Committee Chair says the Wine Show is blessed to have such a wealth of experience at this year’s Wine Show, which has a proud history of innovation and excellence.

“As Australia’s premier wine show, we are dedicated to supporting the needs of Australian wine exhibitors, and are keen to ensure the competition remains relevant to industry trends and standards,” Ms Milan said.

“In my final year as Committee Chair, I take huge pride in presiding over the running of the show, along with Chair of Judges, Sam Connew and Chief Steward, Sally Evans and am looking forward to announcing the winners of this year’s highly competitive field.”

Judging has been running all week, with sessions continuing Wednesday 20 July, 9am-4pm and Thursday 21 July, 9am-1pm at the Southee Complex – corner of Grand Parade and Showground Rd, Sydney Olympic Park.

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