Saturday, July 14, 2012

21st Indy International Wine Competition Scheduled August 1-3 At Purdue

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The prestigious Indy International Wine Competition will take place on the Purdue campus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – An estimated 3000 wines from throughout the US and around the world are on their way to West Lafayette, Indiana for the 21st Indy International Wine Competition. The annual event - the nation’s largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition - takes place August 1-3 at Purdue Memorial Union on the campus of Purdue University.

Entry deadline for this year’s Indy International is Wednesday, July 25.

“The prestige of the Indy International continues to grow,” said Christian Butzke, professor of enology at Purdue University and the competition’s chief judge. “The Indy provides competitors with an outstanding gauge of continually evolving trends and preferences among wine consumers throughout the world,” he noted, “as well as a direction to use the knowledge gained.”

The Indiana Wine Grape Council, headquartered at Purdue, has put together a panel of over 50 expert judges, selected from among leading wine scientists, winemakers, growers, chefs, sommeliers, wine writers, wine distributors, retailers and consumers. Panel members will critique entries and award coveted Indy medals to those wines judged superior in their categories. In 2011, the Indy International introduced a paperless judging protocol utilizing tablet computers. The new system allows judges to enter wine aroma descriptors, scores and other feedback directly onto the tablets.

Major awards at The Indy include Wine of the Year, White Wine of the Year, Red Wine of the Year, Sparkling Wine of the Year, Rose Wine of the Year, Dessert Wine of the Year, Winery of the Year, and Winemaker of the Year.

Entry information, event history, past winners and more are available at www.indyinternational.org.

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