SPAIN has won the world blind wine tasting championship for teams which was held near Avignon in France on Saturday October 17.
The contest had 20 teams and involved the identification of wines by taste and smell. Spain’s winning score was 140 points with Belgium in second and Sweden collecting third place. The USA came in last in their first ever participation in the competition.
The Chateauneuf-du-Pape area was the location for the gathering, an area known for its red wine. There were 12 wines in the contest including one from the area welcoming the competitors among the French wines. Also used were a Sangiovese from Italy, a Riesling from Germany and a New Zealand made Sauvignon.
The teams had to recognise the vintages, appellations, varieties of grape and countries of origin. Phillipe de Cantenac, a representative for the French wine magazine overseeing the competition said:
“There was no trap but some wines are not easy to identify like Croatian or Greek ones.”
One of the participants from the winning Spanish side said:
“It was a slight surprise, we knew that the competition were very good and the level very high.”
Christophe Dantzenberg, one of the members of the American team making their debut in France said,
“We were confident at the start but then it became complicated. We had disagreements (over identifying wines) and often had to reach a compromise.”