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22nd Indy International is accepting entries

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - An estimated 3,000 wines from throughout the US and around the world are on their way to West Lafayette, Indiana for the 22nd Indy International Wine Competition. The annual event - the nation's largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition - takes place July 31-August 2, 2013 at Purdue Memorial Union on the campus of Purdue University.

"The prestige of the Indy International continues to grow," said Christian Butzke, professor of enology at Purdue University and the competition's chief judge. "The Indy provides competitors with an outstanding gauge of continually evolving trends and preferences among wine consumers throughout the world," he noted, "as well as a direction to use the knowledge gained."

The Purdue Wine Grape Team has put together a panel of 50 expert judges, selected from among leading wine scientists, winemakers, growers, chefs, sommeliers, wine writers, wine distributors, retailers and consumers. Panel members will critique entries and award coveted Indy medals to those wines judged superior in their categories.

Major awards include Wine of the Year, White Wine of the Year, Red Wine of the Year, Sparkling Wine of the Year, Rosé Wine of the Year, Dessert Wine of the Year, Winery of the Year, and Winemaker of the Year.

The general public is invited to witness the judging process on July 31-August 1 from 10 am to 3 pm in the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms. The Wine of the Year taste-off on August 2 also is open to the public from 11 am to 12 noon.