In Serbia judging wine

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I’m in Serbia. It is my first time here, and I’ve come to act as a judge in the Serbian wine awards competition Great Serbian Wine Tasting 2013, which is organized by online magazine www.vino.rs and Vino & Fino magazine.

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It is being held in Belgrade, but so far I haven’t seen much of this famous city: it was dark when I arrived, and we have used up the daylight hours today with our judging. Tomorrow I should put that right.

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Last night’s dinner was held at a restaurant near the atmospheric Kalmegdan (fortress), which looks great lit up.

Today was spent judging. Two panels of five each, tasting 80 wines each. The quality was much higher than I was expecting, with a lot of well made wines, and a few pretty serious ones. Tomorrow we taste the 33 best to decide on the silver and gold medals. And then it’s the results ceremony, a gala dinner, and party time.

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