Just back from Belgrade, where I have been having a lot of fun judging wines, eating, drinking and staying up too late.
On Friday, we judged 160 wines; on Saturday we retasted the 33 highest-scoring wines to sort out the gold and silver medals. This was followed by a fun session choosing the trophy winners, and the overall wine of the competition. The quality was really high.
The best of show winner. Really lovely wine.
The talented young consultant winemaker Mladen Dragojlovic, who made the winning wine.
This gold medal winner was lovely. Serbian variety Prokupac is one to look out for.
Top sweet wine: a Traminer. It was quite beautiful.
Then I had a chance to look round Belgrade. It was a perfect November afternoon, with temperatures in the 20s C and lovely low sunlight. I took some pictures.
Bomb damage still evident from 1999.
Lunch at the question mark restaurant, Znak Pitanja, the oldest tavern in Belgrade. Amazing to sit outside in November.