The Spanish team won the third World Blind wine-tasting championship. It took place in the South of France on Saturday. Spain beat Belgium and Sweden to first place.
The twenty competing teams had to recognise 12 wines: 6 reds and 6 whites, 5 of which were French. They had to give the main grape variety, the country, the name, the producer and the year. The competition took place in the chai of the Maison Ogier, in the famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape commune near Avignon.
The Spanish quartet, accompanied by a coach, didn’t disappoint, as they were the big favourites after finishing last during the first competition back in 2013. They came third in Champagne last year.
They won the competition with 140 points, two more than the Belgian team.
The United States came last in their first year of the competition. They were represented by four men in their forties and their coach.
During this year’s competition, the teams had to recognise a 2011 Riesling from Palatinat Rhenan (Germany), produced by Becker Sonnenberg, a 2013 Sauvignon from Te Mata in Hawke’s Bay (New Zealand), a 2008 Sauternes from Climens, and a 2007 Châteauneuf-du-Pape from Bosquet des papes à la gloire de mon père.
None of the teams were able to recognise the Malvoisie from Croatia, and only the Belgian team identified the Assyrtiko from Grece. France, last year’s winner, came fifth.
Andy Sanchez (Source: Belga)