Judge impressed with industry

19:04, Oct 23 2013
Joe Czerwinski
Sniff, swirl, spit: Judge Joe Czerwinski tests the nose of a Marlborough wine during the Marlborough Wine Show

The Marlborough wine industry has been described as dynamic and innovative by a guest judge at the Marlborough Wine Show.

Joe Czerwinski, editor for the Wine Enthusiast magazine in the United States, said Marlborough's wine industry had a strong focus on sauvignon blanc but he was glad it wasn't the only focus.

"Wineries in Marlborough are innovative and always trying different things, I find it one of the more interesting wine regions to visit in the world. There is a dynamism in the industry here and the climate is ideal for wine making."

Mr Czerwinski arrived in Blenheim on Monday but hadn't had a chance to explore the region.

He planned to spend a few days visiting vineyards and wineries after the show, which finished yesterday.

"I have been told by many people that I have to try a Renwick pie while I am in Marlborough so I'll make a point of doing so," Mr Czerwinski said.


"I'm lucky I have strong teeth that are not affected as easily as most people by the acidity in the wine. So I will be able to enjoy trying some food unique to Blenheim," he said.

Competition director Belinda Jackson said heavy red wines and high acid white wines thin tooth enamel and can cause serious pain for judges.

"Some judges get treatment of fluoride to help prevent it," she said.

It was great having Mr Czerwinski as part of the team of judges, Ms Jackson said.

Mr Czerwinski said he enjoyed being part of the judging for the new Marlborough Museum Legacy Award, for producers who consistently produced outstanding wines. "Seeing the evolution of the older wines entered for this award was great."

All 530 entries have been judged and trophies will be announced at a celebration dinner at the Marlborough Convention Centre on November 9.

The Marlborough Express