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Chuck Hayward Selected as International Judge for 2019 Hunter Valley Wine Show

Posted on August 08, 2019

The Hunter Valley Wine Show Committee has announced that Chuck Hayward has been selected as the International Wine Judge for this year's competition. Hayward, the proprietor of Vinroads, a sales and marketing consultancy focused on Australian and New Zealand wines based in San Francisco, California, will be assessing entries at the upcoming wine show form August 15-19, 2019.

International wine professionals have been invited to participate in the Hunter Valley Wine Show since 2005. Jancis Robinson, Ch’ng Poh Tiong and many Masters of Wine and wine critics have served as international judges in past shows.

"I am very excited to be returning to the Hunter Valley," said Hayward. "The region is quickly gaining a reputation for its talented winemakers who are working with some of Australia’s oldest vineyards to create the most unique wine styles in the country. Participating in this show is quite a compliment considering the knowledge and talent of past judges.”

Sarah Crowe, Chief Winemaker and General Manager for Yarra Yering Winery and this year’s Chair of Judges, added, "International judges are an important part of the Hunter Valley Wine Show. Not only do they bring a unique set of opinions and observations to the judging process, they get an intensive education about the Hunter Valley’s unique attributes. Chuck's extensive knowledge of Australian wines and his considerable judging experience will add an extra dimension to our deliberations.”

“The chance to taste with Sarah Crowe, last year’s James Halliday Winemaker of the Year, will make an exciting experience even more special,” continued Hayward. “Judging an esteemed wine show like this will give me a unique opportunity to assess the Hunter’s latest releases while furthering my in-depth knowledge of this dynamic region”.

Following the judging, Hayward will offer his comments at the Hunter Valley Wine Show Celebrations Lunch where trophies will be awarded to the top wines of the show.

About Chuck Hayward
Chuck Hayward is the proprietor of Vinroads, a consulting outfit dedicated to marketing, sales and education for Australian and New Zealand wines in the United States. For over 30 years, he has been widely acknowledged to be America’s foremost expert on New Zealand and Australian wines. Former Los Angeles Times wine critic Dan Berger says, “The real star is Chuck Hayward, who knows more about Australia and New Zealand wines than anyone in North America.”

Prior to setting up his own business, Chuck was the Australian and New Zealand wine buyer for JJ Buckley, one of the largest internet based fine wine retailers in the United States. Between 1986 and 2009, Chuck was the wine buyer for The Jug Shop in San Francisco and during that time, that store gained national and international recognition for their Australian and New Zealand wine program.

Chuck has spoken at major national and international wine symposiums including the New Zealand Pinot Noir Conference, the Wine Communicators of Australia Awards, New Zealand Wine Exporters Forum and the International Screwcap Symposium. He opinions have been quoted in Wine Spectator, The Fine Wine Review, and Decanter as well as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He was recently named as one 50 Masters of Place by Wine & Spirits Magazine. Chuck has been a wine judge for both domestic and international wine shows including the Sydney Royal Wine Show, the Royal Queensland Wine Show, the Hunter Valley Wine Show, the Qantas Wine Show of Western Australia and the Langton’s Clare Valley Wine Show.

As proprietor of Vinroads, Chuck will continue conducting educational seminars for both the trade and consumers with a special emphasis on New Zealand and Australian wines, while consulting with wineries, importers and distributors on strategies to improve distribution and sales.

About the Hunter Valley Wine Show
The Hunter Valley Wine Show is considered to be one of Australia's premier regional wine shows. The annual competition has been held continuously since 1974 and has been chaired by wine industry legends such as Len Evans and Iain Riggs. Last year, more than 700 wines from Hunter Valley wineries were submitted for assessment by 12 senior and associate judges.

Region: Australia
Job Function: International Judge

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