In Hungary, day 1

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In Hungary, day 1

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.

Isabelle Legeron

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.

Alder and Gabrielle

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.

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  1. Pretty good start then. Like these photos. Keep up the good work Jamie, looking forward to the rest.

  2. Would love to follow the tasting and see the abbey. One day I will.
    I follow Hungarian wines as I like the wines and do the purchase for the duty free shops at BUD airport. Would be interested to have your thoughts on the portfolio. I guess you will leave from Budapest!?

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