jamie goode's wine blog: 126 wines today

Monday, April 14, 2008

126 wines today

Today was the first day's judging at the International Wine Challenge, where I'm busy for the next two weeks as a panel chair. It's the world's largest blind tasting competition.

What I tasted today, by flight, with the number of wines in each in brackets:
  • Vintage Champagne (7)
  • Spanish Merlot (3)
  • Languedoc Sauvignon Blanc (5)
  • Spanish Syrah (7)
  • German Pinot Noir (8)
  • Australian Semillon (10)
  • Spanish Tempranillo Blends (6)
  • Spanish Syrah Blends (12)
  • Bordeaux reds (12)
  • English Madeleine Angevine (3)
  • South African Cabernet (6)
  • Austrian Riesling (13)
  • Piedmont Cortese (8)
  • Douro Touriga Nacional (5)
  • Australian Chardonnay (21)
which makes 126 wines, which didn't feel like too many.

The panel I was on was great, although we lost one to fatigue at lunchtime, and then another was seconded to a separate group in the afternoon. We finished the day with a couple of Coopers, which is a nice touch.



At 1:36 AM, Anonymous Grant said...


Any thoughts on closure related faults across such a wide range of wines and styles?


At 7:36 AM, Anonymous lagramiere said...

126 with different wines, red and white mixed, as well as different areas and varietals is a good way to taste that many wines. I think those numbers get difficult when you have 126 Châteauneuf du Papes, for example. I've tasted that way for Bettane & Desseauve, and I think it pushes any taster's limits.

At 7:21 PM, Anonymous Alex Lake said...

Are you becoming assimilated into the world of panel tastings, Jamie? What's your current view of their strengths and weaknesses?

At 6:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What order would you taste those in, Jamie? Douglas.

At 6:54 PM, Anonymous Gordon Fong (Bournemouth) said...

Just wondering, by the time you have tasted 126 wines even with spitting them all out, are you not just a little bit tipsy?

What happens to the tongue, does all that wine affect it in a bad way?


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