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The Cyprus Wine Competition 2007 April 15, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Food Cyprus, Wine And Spirits.
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Local Cypriot wines were recently awarded medals, but ultimately it’s the consumer that judges

The most common form of wine competition is when awards are given to wines in various categories on the basis of a blind tasting. That is, judges do not know the identity of the wines they are evaluating. The awards are frequently bronze, silver and gold, and sometimes double gold, medals. However, ribbons of various colours are also sometimes used. Such competitions tend to be organised by wineries, their trade associations or entrepreneurs. They are popular with producers because there are many winners and the medals are useful for marketing purposes. In Cyprus, the Wine Competition is organised by the Wine Products Council and supported by the Thessaloniki International Wine Competition under the aegis of the Ministry of Agriculture.

At the recent awards ceremony, other than the organisers, most of the wine producers and professionals in the vine-growing and wine sectors were present. The competition is becoming a well-established event, the main purpose of which is to foster and expand the culture of Cyprus wines, both at home and abroad. It also contributes to the development of wine knowledge.

So, who was involved in this year’s jury? First up, the repeat offenders: Dionisis Koukis, a wine journalist and an experienced international wine judge was again president; Nikos Manessis, a Greek wine journalist who lives in Switzerland and is author of The Illustrated Greek Wine Book; Oenologist Andreas Frangos representing the Ministry of Agriculture’s Oenological Department and Georgios Hadjistylianou, member of the Cyprus Sommelier Association. These judges were joined by newcomers Leonardo Montemiglio OIV (International Vine and Wine Office) representative and Jochen Erler, yet another wine journalist and International Wine judge.

Only 36 wines received medals. Concerning the type of wine, Red Dry (64) and White Dry (37) had the highest number of entries. There was a Grand gold medal awarded, somewhat surprisingly, to a medium dry rose, 13 gold and 22 silver medals. So much for the statistics.

Overall, it was a success and president of the organising committee and Director of the Wine Products Council, Dr Yiannakis Georgiades deserved the congratulations and encouragement to firmly establish the event. However, I would like to see more involvement in the organisation, and especially at the ceremony, of the Cyprus Sommelier Association and the Cyprus Chefs Association. Wine and food are inseparable and what an opportunity this is to have a wine tasting of the award winners accompanied by the creations of our Culinary Olympic team served by the professional sommeliers of Cyprus. This may draw more attention to and firmly establish this event in the calendars of connoisseurs and professionals alike. On a final note, I noticed some disappointed winemakers, lack of medals lets professionals down. Any competition results are not absolute and only general conclusions may be extracted. Lack of recognition may be attributed to the different mix of judges or even different vintages. The biggest judges, after all, are the consumers.

And the winners are >
Grand Gold Medal >
2006 Aes Ambelis medium dry rose
Gold Medal > 2002 Commandaria Saint Varnabas, SODAP
2005 Heritage KEO
2005 Moschatos Ayia Mavri Winery (Sweet Wine)
2004 Ktima KEO Cabernet Sauvignon and Lefkada
1997 Commandaria Saint John KEO
2003 oaked Cabernet Sauvignon Vlassides
2006 Ayioklima Constantinides Winery
2005 Mataro, Tsangarides Winery
2004 Ktima Hadjiantonas Shiraz
2006 Aphrodino Rose Domaine Nicolaides
1998 Commandaria Saint Nicholas ETKO
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Tsangarides Winery
2004 Aes Ambelis Cabernet Sauvignon
Silver Medal > 2006 Muscat Ayia Mavri Winery
2004 Andesitis Kyperounda Winery
2001 Maratheftiko, Kolios Winery
2004 Vardalis Maratheftiko
2006 Mountain Vines Semillon SODAP
2005 Ayios Onoufrios K&K Winery Kathikas
2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Vlassides
2005 Petritis Kyperounda Winery
2004 Constantino Cabernet Sauvignon Costas Erimoudes
2004 Nelion Cabernet Sauvignon
2005 Ktima Argyride Saint Timon
2006 LOEL Maratheftiko
2006 Athina Xinisteri Costas Erimoudes
2003 Red Dry Domaine Nikolaide
2004 Vamvakada Tsiakkas Winery
2006 Island Vines Cyprus Whiten SODAP
2006 Yiaskouris Dry White
2002 Commandaria Alasia LOEL
2005 Tsiakkas Merlot
2006 Fikardos Alkisti Chardoannay
2006 Ktima Hadjiantona Chardonnay
2005 Panayidi Cabernet Sauvignon
Best Maratheftiko Award > 2005 Heritage KEO
Best Xinisteri Award > Ayioklima Constantinou

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