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Purdue University to host top international wine judging

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Winemakers from around the world will send their best wines to Purdue University for the 20th Indy International Wine Competition, August 3-5th, 2011. About 3,000 different wines from an expected 15 countries and 43 US states will be evaluated by wine experts that include wine writers, winemakers, winegrowers, wine scientists, chefs, sommeliers, wine distributors, retailers and consumers. Over fifty professional judges will travel to Indiana to swirl, smell, taste, and award medals to the various wine styles.

Organized by the Purdue Wine Grape Team since 1991, the Indy International Wine Competition is the largest scientifically organized and independent wine competition in the United States, now the world's largest wine market. "The Indy results are a crucial guide for wineries who need to swiftly respond to every-changing consumer preferences and global winemaking trends," said Christian Butzke, professor of enology at Purdue University and chief judge of the competition.

Major trophies for the commercial wines 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. This year the Indy introduces a paperless judging panel that will allow judges to enter wine aroma descriptors and scores on tablet computers to provide feedback to the winemakers.

The competition will be held at the historic ballrooms of the Purdue University Memorial Union in West Lafayette, Indiana. The general public is invited to come and watch August 3rd and 4th from 10 am to 3 pm, and Friday, August 5th for the Wine of the Year taste-off from 11 am to noon. Entry information and a listing of all award-winning wines is available at