Eight years of Michelangelo and still growing ...

Wednesday, 2 June, 2004
Lorraine Immelman-Steyn
... and with a new logo to boot! August 9th 2004
South Africa’s own international wine competition, the Michelangelo International Wine Awards is entering it’s eighth year, and with a new logo to boot!

The move of the competition to the Cape has necessitated the withdrawal of the previous venue sponsor, the Michelangelo Hotel in Johannesburg, and to this end their logo has been removed from the original competition logo. However, the name, The Michelangelo International Wine Awards, remains unchanged. Pierre in the snow
Grand Prix winner attended an international food and wine show, the Helsinki Food and Wine Show, where Pierre Wahl of Rijk’s Private Cellar showed his winning wines (and the 18 other double gold winning wines), as well as at a press tasting and a dinner at the SA Embassy in Helsinki.

As usual our panel is convened by South African Wine Master Sue van Wyk, (now residing in Australia), who also oversees the technical side of the judging process. We are proud to announce that the 2004 panel will be as follows:

Jean Christophe Bourgeouis France
John Chua Singapore
Dave Hughes SA 
Michael Hornickel Germany 
Edwin Raben Netherlands
Martin Moran Ireland 
Frank Jacobs Netherlands 
Emiliano Falsini Italy 
Jesùs Bernád Spain 
Freddie Grimwood Portugal/Canada
Sally Easton UK 
André Dewald Denmark
Sue van Wyk – technical director Australia

Producers of Pinotage are again invited to enter their top Pinotages for the Sue van Wyk Pinotage trophy. In addition, winemakers wanting to enter their wines in the Garagiste category will find a special entry form and regulations for this category on the website. Good Taste magazine will in future be sponsoring this trophy, which will be known as the Good Taste Garagiste Trophy. Great news for Garagiste wine producers is that the Wine-of-the-Month Club will run a special promotion on the award winning Garagiste wines after the competition!

As official on-line magazine for Nationwide Airlines, Good Taste will certainly go a long way to ensure that this year’s MIWA winners - and specifically the Garagiste winners - get acknowledged widely!

As was already apparent last year, the Michelangelo International Wine Awards has also become an attractive competition for international producers, especially as we are now offering top award winners opportunities to show their wine at shows in Finland, Canada and Europe.

In 2003 the competition attracted it’s first 16 international entries, with an Australian Chardonnay being awarded one of the 19 double gold awards. As we are anticipating an increase in international entries this year, we trust that the competition will grow to become not only one where local wineries are not only given the opportunity to appraise their wine against each other, but increasingly against international producers. (Interestingly, enquiries have been received from China for this year’s competition!)

The closing date for this year’s competition is Friday, 31 July. Entries will need to be delivered to the WedgeView Country Estate, Stellenbosch (details to be announced). Judging of the 2004 entries will take place during the week of 9 August, with the awards function planned for Saturday evening, 21 August in the Spier auditorium.

The organisers have created a special program for the 2004 event to provide an evening of entertaining, good food and of course wonderful wine.

Issued by: Lorman Communications cc on behalf of: Michelangelo International Wine Awards
Tel: +27 (0) 39 314-9915/3
Email: lorman@yebo.co.za