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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Hyatt International Riesling Challenge

Earlier this month judges in Australia gathered to select the world's best riesling. One of the favorite grapes around the Lyke2Drink headquarters, riesling produces white wines that can be dry, semi-dry or sweet. Winemakers can make a fruit forward wine and balance it with a natural level of acidity. A number of countries produce very good rieslings and every winemaker has an opinion on which style best suits this versatile grape.

The seventh annual Hyatt International Riesling Challenge in Camberra included a record 458 rieslings from around the world.

Tim Adams 2006 Riesling from Australia's Clare Valley was named the best riesling in the world. The wine also won the Australian Capital Tourism Award for Best Current Vintage.

The Wolf Blass Award, was presented to Australian winemaker, Ken Helm, for his contribution to the development and promotion of riesling.

Other trophy winners include:
Hyatt National Riesling Challenge Trophy for Best North American Riesling:– Atwater Estate 2005 Reserve Riesling , Finger Lakes, N.Y.
German Ambassador'’s Trophy for Best European Riesling:– Wineconsale GmbH Schloss Vollrads Riesling Kabinett Halbtrocken 2005
Linnaeus Award for Best Riesling from New Zealand: Konrad Sigrun 2006 Noble Riesling
ActewAGL Award for Best Museum Class:– St. Helga 2002 Eden Valley Riesling
Audi Australia Award for Best Open Class:– St. Hallett 2005 Eden Valley Riesling
ACT Chief Minister'’s Award for Best Riesling for the Canberra District: Kardinia 2006 Riesling

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