The International Wine Challenge 2006


Every year in April London plays host to the International Wine Challenge. It’s a huge event with nearly 10000 wines being submitted from all around the world. Each wine is judged as to whether or not it can claim a medal position with only very few being awarded a coveted Gold and even fewer going on to win a category trophy. All the wines are tasted “blind” so their identity remains a secret.

I attended the event today. Our team tasted through about 70 wines this morning several of which we judged to be good enough to be put forward to the final taste off next week. Makes your teeth ache, I can tell you!

Apart from having the chance to indulge in some serious tasting, it’s always great to catch up with old friends and colleagues and share our news and views. Bumped into Matt Pym from Majestic Wine, and, Pierpaolo Petrassi from Waverley TBS which was cool. Also had a good laugh with my old buddy Dominique Vrigneau from Thierry’s who like me, reckoned it’s time we got into training for next years London Marathon.

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