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.
Labels: blind tasting