Tantrums and trophies….

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

Three of the world’s largest international wine competitions are held in the UK and across the year the wine calendar is divided into a delirium of sample sending, extreme tasting, result announcing and the grand finale of award dinners where the ‘super’ trophies are revealed.

I was invited this week to one of the super trophy finales, the first in a series of three black tie dos. It was the turn of the youngest of the UK accolade collectives: the Decanter World Wine Awards run by Decanter magazine. As the only surviving consumer printed wine publication on our shores it’s a magazine I’m desperate to love but I’m guilty of chastising for its old school approach. It’s heavily dominated by Bordeaux and old world wine categories which isn’t necessarily a bad thing except for the fact that there isn’t an equivalent rival to balance the picture with new world wines. But behind the façade of a magazine designed for your Dad they’ve been quietly building what’s become the most visited wine website in the world creating meaningful content delivered in a modern medium.
Now I’m impressed..Of the 14,000 or so wines that were entered into the competition this weeks award dinner boiled down to 28. The best of the best, the trophies of the trophy winners, and several wine producers from as far away as NZ had come to London in hope of picking up one of these exclusive gongs. As a guest of Concha y Toro we tasted through a good handful of trophy winners that had the budget to doll out extra samples for the occasion, the most notable of which were the three reds served with dinner;
Bodegas de Familia Burgo Viejo, Licenciado, Rioja Reserva 2006 in the Red Rioja trophy over £10 category
Emma Zuccardi Bonarda 2010 in the Argentinian Single Varietal Red Over £10 category
Damilano, Cannubi, Barolo 2008 in the Red Piedmont over £10 regional trophy category
To read on click here evines.co.uk.
Psssstttt…. if you don’t have time to read the full article then between you and me the best red was Bodegas de Familia Burgo Viejo, Licenciado, Rioja Reserva 2006, a classy, classy example of the spicy and rich, fruity goodness found in good vintages of Rioja Reserva.
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One Response to “Tantrums and trophies….”

  1. I have to admit to being slightly uncomfortable over this whole awards scene. I feel the format doesn’t let really different wines get the chance to do well: Wines which some people will love but others not are doomed not to succceed. Add to that the costs of entering and I have the feeling that only wine imported in large quantities are ever going to enter and so wine and then the UK consumer gets the idea that the wines really are the ultimate rather than being the best crowd pleaser. Rant over and I’m sure it was a fun evening. Roger