The Tasmanian Wine Show recognises the support of the Tasmanian Government to facilitate the visit of our 2018 International judge.

Patrick Comiskey is an independent, full-time wine writer, author, and wine competition judge who writes about food, wine, spirits, music and “anything else that strikes my fancy”.

He is Senior Contributor for Wine and Spirits Magazine and is currently chief wine columnist for the Los Angeles Times and has written for the San Francisco Chronicles; Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, Executive Travel, Decanter, the Robb Report, the Hollywood Reporter and

His book American Rhône: How Maverick Winemakers Changed the Way Americans Drink, was published in October 2016. In 2017, the book was shortlisted for the Andre Simon Book Awards and won the Gourmand Prize for Best New World Wine Book.

Patrick Comiskey judges at prestigious US wine competitions. He travels and tastes extensively in all of the US wine producing regions, as well as France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Argentina, Chile, NZ, and Australia.

In August 2017 he was chief American judge and contributor at the Six Nations Wine Challenge in Sydney; Tasmanian wines won a total of nine gold medals at this international event; the majority of those Tasmanian wines were invited to participate following their success at the 2017 Tasmanian Wine Show.

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The annual Tasmanian Wine Show showcases Tasmanian wines and recognises and rewards the skill and dedication to the quality of Tasmanian grape growers and winemakers. It provides an opportunity for wine producers to compare their wines with other Tasmanian wines.

The Show features wines produced in every corner of Tasmania. The exhibition classes for the Show accommodate all major wine types and styles produced in Tasmania, including red and white table wine, vintage and non-vintage sparkling wine, and dessert and fortified wine. For wine merchants, wine consumers and wine writers, and the Tasmanian hospitality and tourism industries, the Show highlights the best wines that Tasmania has to offer.