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Wine judge John Handley. Picture: Lincoln Baker/The West Australian

Don't know a pinot grigio from a sauvignon blanc?

Fear not. You don't have to be a connoisseur who understands clarity and characteristics to enjoy a glass of wine, according to expert John Snowball.

The Perth Royal Wine Show chairman said people should drink wines they enjoy, rather than a label someone else thinks is wonderful.

"If you like a sweet wine, then good on you - enjoy it," Mr Snowball said.

"The average punter should try a range of varieties and keep experimenting because there are so many fantastic wines in Australia that are reasonably priced."

Twenty-six judges will spend four days evaluating nearly 2200 Australian wines in 90 categories to find those worthy of a gold medal.

"They'll be looking for styles that represent exactly what those grapes are - for example sauvignon blancs that are fresh and crisp and the right acid," Mr Snowball said.

"The judges will want to make sure the wine is true to its characteristics so that the consumer gets a real picture of award- winning wine."

Mr Snowball said judges' feedback helped exhibitors understand how their wine compared with its peers.

"West Australian premium wines well and truly hold their own," he said.

The West Australian

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