What it was like to judge the International Wine Challenge
Following our update on all the awards we’ve won here’s a flash back to how the wines were judged for one of the main competitions, the International Wine Challenge.
Over 45,000 bottles of wine are sent in by producers around the world to be tasted and assessed by wine experts. That’s a LOT of wine!!
I was one of the judges this year so I can give you the low-down on how it all works!
The judges work in teams of 4, tasting about 8 wines of the same type all together and comparing them all.
As you will see from the picture below – all of the bottles are covered up and none of the judges know exactly which wines are beneath the plastic covers. That way the judging is all done completely fairly and purely on the taste of the wine in the bottle.
After tasting a row, or ‘flight’ of wines, the judges all talk about the wines and give them a score, which then determines if the wine wins a medal or not.
Every day of judging was incredibly busy and tiring but, I have to say, I absolutely loved every minute! I counted up all of the wines I’d tasted in a day and in just one day of judging I tasted 102 wines!!!! Phew!
The best news was obviously when we found out about the results though, as our Extra Special Crozes Hermitage 2008 and our Extra Special 2002 Vintage Champagne won GOLD!!! Result! Definitely worth a try!