I was lucky enough today to have been asked to judge in the 2012 South East Wines of the Year competition. This was on the basis of my having come top in a tasting exam at college (“better lucky than good” as an old boss of mine always used to say). Anyway, the tasting was a wonderful opportunity not only to try the wines but also to see and be closely involved with the operation of a competition tasting panel. The panel included the likes of buyers from M&S and Laithwaites and a senior IWC judge. We tasted 70 wines in all, of all styles. The standard was mixed, and although some really were excellent, I think I may have gone in expecting too much of what I thought would show as a terrific 2011 vintage. The best really were exciting, though.
And I can say that the winner of the SEWOTY Competition 2012 is . . . announced at the awards dinner on June 7th. I’ll be there – it should be a good night.