jamie goode's wine blog: A good day - tasting and playing

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A good day - tasting and playing

Really enjoyed today's tasting at the International Wine Challenge. We're well into the medal-awarding phase, and for the last two days I've had large panels of six people who have all worked well together. We've had some disagreements, but we've resolved them well, and I'm really pleased with the good humour and professional approach everyone has shown. And lunch at Searcy's was particularly good today (fishcakes followed by duck - simply executed from high quality ingredients).

Teamwork is so rewarding. We're social beings, and nothing beats working in a team that functions well. Perhaps this is why I so enjoy playing football on Wednesday nights. As well as getting fitter and indulging in sporting fantasies (sometimes I think I'm OK as a player), you work with others in a common cause.

Tonight I played football for an hour, with a 40 minute cycle ride each way. I'm tired now, but it was fun. We have another 11-a-side coming up on Saturday.


At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JAMIE - time for another video blog? How about introducing somebody else into a video blog for an entertaining BLIND tasting?

At 10:02 PM, Blogger Paul Tudor said...

I was never a great player in my youth - a bit hard being a left back when you are short-sighted - but have noticed how now, in my advanced middle age, my attacking skills and midfield acumen have dramatically improved by being fit.
Maybe I should have had a personal trainer / fitness program when I was a kid!
I now coach a school team and stress the fitness stuff at every session, but the boys just do not get it.

At 4:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you resolve something as subjective as taste? If you liked it and I didn't, all the negotiation in the world would not convince me that you are right and I am wrong!!!!!

At 10:38 AM, Blogger Martin said...

Anon, taste may be subjective and personal, but show tasting is driven by parameters that the wine must conform to - such as style or varietal characteristics - and these are objective. Often judges are asked to judge classes that they don't like but must do a professional job using the guide lines. The negotiation isn't about like or dislike but correct or otherwise. Could be wine, flowers, dogs or jam.


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