International Judges and national winemakers together in Wines of Portugal Challenge 2017
21 March 17
Experts Evan Goldstein (USA), Dirceu Vianna Junior (Brazil and UK) and Sara Ahmed will be part of the Grand Jury of the 2017 Edition
Evan Goldstein (USA), Dirceu Vianna Júnior (Brazil and UK), Hiroshi Ishida (Japan) and Sara Ahmed (UK) will join the Grand Jury of the 2017 Wines of Portugal Challenge, along with two national experts Bento Amaral and Luis Lopes. In total 30 internationally renowned specialists will join the international judge panel in Santarém, between May 15 and 19, to determine together with the Portuguese winemakers the best wines of Portugal. The emergent recognition of the Portuguese wines is evident in the 2017 Wines of Portugal Challenge, due to the international professionals that will comprise both the Regular and Grand Jury. These judges will taste the wines together with the oenologists of the companies that normally participate in the competition, thus providing an excellent forum for discussion and exchange of experiences between those who produce wine and those who can build strong prescribers of our wines in export markets. The elite group of international wine experts has Dirceu Júnior from Brazil, a reference in the London market where he works since 1990. He gained international recognition when becoming the first Master of Wine in South America. Another element of the Great Jury is the North American Evan Goldstein, Master Sommelier, considered one of the most creative specialists of the US wine and gastronomy industry. To complete this Grand Jury of excellence will join two more international names who dictate trends in the global wine circuit: Sarah Ahmed from the United Kingdom and Hiroshi Ishida from Japan. Luís Lopes and Bento Amaral will also join the Grand Jury panel. The national winemakers are already invited to register. The registration has a cost of 75 euros plus VAT per wine. Entries made up to 31 March 2017 will receive a discount of 5 euros for each wine, provided on the date that the process is fully finalized, with the documentation and samples delivered and payment made.