JJ Buckley Fine Wines has announced that The Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show has selected Chuck Hayward to serve as the International Wine Judge for this year's competition. Hayward, the Australian and New Zealand Wine Buyer for JJ Buckley, a web-based wine retailer based in Oakland, California, will be assessing entries at the upcoming wine show from February 4-7, 2013.
International wine professionals have been invited to participate in the Royal Sydney Wine Show since 1985. Past international judges have included Jancis Robinson, Hugh Johnson, three Masters of Wine and numerous journalists. Only six Americans have ever been selected, including The New York Times’ Frank Prial, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars founder Warren Winiarski, and Harvey Steiman of the Wine Spectator. Hayward will be just the second retailer to ever serve as the show's international judge following John Avery of Avery's of Bristol in England who judged in 1992.
"I am both humbled and honored to be invited," said Hayward. "Participating in this show is quite a compliment considering the knowledge and talent of past judges. Judging at the Sydney Royal Wine Show will provide a unique opportunity to assess the latest releases from Australia’s wine regions while being introduced to the latest developments in wine styles. I'm looking forward to returning to Australia and working with my friends and colleagues and sharing my experience with JJ Buckley’s customers."
Iain Riggs, Chairman of Judges and Chief Winemaker for Brokenwood Winery, added, "International judges bring a unique set of opinions and observations to the judging process and Chuck's extensive knowledge of Australian wines will add an extra dimension to our deliberations. I dare say he'll also open his eyes up to some incredible wines."
Following the judging, Hayward will be the keynote speaker at the WCA Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show Awards Lunch where the winning wines will be presented alongside the Wine Communicators of Australia's annual awards.
About Chuck Hayward
Chuck has been in the wine business for over 25 years and has made the wines of Australia an integral part of his career. Known across the globe for his extensive knowledge of the Australian and New Zealand wine categories, wine writer Dan Berger declared Hayward to be "one of the nation's foremost Aussie wine experts". Prior to his employment at JJ Buckley, Hayward was the managing wine buyer for The Jug Shop in San Francisco, securing its position as America’s leading retailer for Australian wine. He moved across the bay to JJ Buckley Fine Wines in 2009 and has quickly made the company a leading source for Aussie and Kiwi wines in America.
Frequently sought out by newspapers such as the Wall St. Journal and the New York Times as well as wine industry magazines like the Wine Spectator and Decanter, Hayward is known for his unique observations and commentary about the Australian and New Zealand wine markets. He has made numerous presentations at conferences and symposiums on both sides of the Tasman and frequently conducts educational seminars for consumers and wine industry professionals. His most recent experience judging in Australia includes the Hunter Valley Wine Show and the Sydney International Wine Competition.
About JJ Buckley Fine Wines
JJ Buckley Fine Wines is a pioneer in the rapidly growing world of web-based wine merchants. Founded in 2005, in Oakland, California, JJ Buckley offers premium wines to discerning customers across the United States. JJ Buckley combines its stellar selection of wine with its team of dedicated and knowledgeable wine professionals to offer a unique and personalized shopping experience. The company’s success has quickly made JJ Buckley one of America's leaders in selling luxury and premium wines online.
About the Macquarie Group Royal Sydney Wine Show
The Royal Sydney Wine Show is one of Australia's premier wine shows. The annual competition is sponsored by the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales which has overseen wine shows since 1826. Last year, more than 2240 wines from 377 wineries throughout Australia were submitted for assessment by 30 senior and associate judges.