Day 2 of the International Wine Challenge has finished, and I’m beginning to get in the swing of things.
Just as an athlete gets into shape through training, I reckon wine tasters can get their palates sharper through intensive tasting. Not that I’d claim to be some Olympic-level taster. That would be ludicrous. It’s just that by the end of two weeks tasting like this, assessing wines quickly and accurately is a lot easier.
Today’s tasting was great fun, largely because the panel I was tasting on was so engaging. We had some quality banter. I think we also did a good job assessing the 95 wines that passed our table. One of the reasons I think the IWC works well is that the tasters are carefully chosen for their ability to work as a team, as well as for their palates. It certainly felt like teamwork today.
Pictured above: Christos Ioannou, Anne Jones and Ben Campbell-Johnston.