I’m here in Hungary, judging the Pannon Wine Challenge 2012.
There’s a nice group of judges this year. Three panels, each led by Hungarians, with two international judges on each.
The local judges are Gabriella Mézáros, András Kató and László Romsics, and the international judges are Alder Yarrow, Tara Q Thomas, Isabelle Legeron, Wojciech Bonkowski, John Szabo and me.
We’re staying in Győr, a pretty town roughly equidistant between Budapest and Vienna. The judging itself is taking place at the Pannohalma Arch Abbey in the restaurant/conference centre Viator.
It’s a fine set up for judging: each of us logs in on our laptops and enters a score and a tasting note for each wine directly into the system. We discuss the wines as we go. As there are 300 entered, we can give each one the attention it deserves.
Yesterday we covered the whites and about half the reds. Some great Furmints, some lovely Hárslevelűs, and for the reds I enjoyed some of the Kékfrankos wines, as well as the odd Kadarka. Merlot and Chardonnay were less impressive.