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Chuck Hayward Selected as International Judge for 2020 Tasmanian Wine Show

Posted on January 07, 2020

The Tasmanian 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 in Launceston from January 13-16, 2020. Acclaimed Australian wine critic Huon Hooke of the Sydney Morning Herald will continue in his role as chief judge of the show.

"I am very excited for this special opportunity to participate in the show." said Hayward. "I have been following Tasmania’s wine industry for many, many years and have been impressed with the progress that I’ve witnessed on each of my visits. Participating in this show will provide me with a unique perspective about the most recent vintages while getting an early view of the latest trends and developments in the Tasmanian wine industry.”

Huon Hooke, this year’s Chair of Judges, added, "International judges are an important part of the Tasmanian Wine Show. Not only do they bring a unique set of opinions and observations to the judging process, they’ll get an incredible perspective about the Tasmanian winecommunity. Chuck's extensive knowledge about Australian wines, and particularly the wines of Tasmania, combined with his considerable judging experience, will give us all an extra dimension to our deliberations.”

“I’m especially looking forward to tasting with Huon Hooke which will make an exciting experience even more special,” continued Hayward. “I’ve been following Huon through his writing in the Sydney Morning Herald for decades and met him a number of times. To judge with such an acclaimed writer is a real honor.”

Hayward will also be responsible for selecting the winner of the International Judge's Trophy for Export Wine of Show that is supported by the Tasmanian Government Department of State Growth.

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 SpectatorThe 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’s knowledge about wines of the Tasman has led him to be the most selected wine judge from the United States 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, the Langton’s Clare Valley Wine Show as well as the Hawkes Bay Wine Show of New Zealand.

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 Tasmanian Wine Show

The Tasmanian Wine Show is considered to be one of Australia's premier regional wine shows. The annual competition has been held continuously since 1991 and saw wine industry legend James Halliday act as the first Chair of Judges. Last year, more than 460 wines from over 80 Tasmanian wineries were submitted for assessment by the judging panel’s senior and associate judges.

Region: Australia
Job Function: Judge

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