Winners of the EWBC Blind Tasting!

September 13th, 2008 by Gabriella Opaz · 2 Comments

Blind TastingOn the first night of the European Wine Blogger Conference, as participants gathered from around the globe in the HUSA Hotel Salon to showcase their regional wines, we organizers threw in unannounced blind tasting. 40 participants were asked to throw their hat into the ring in order to win one of the following three prizes: Charles Metcalfe’s new book, “The Wine and Food Guide of Portugal“, Steve DeLong’s regional wine map of Spain and Portugal, or D.O. Sherry’s Great Book of the Wines of Jerez.

The reason was simple. It was not a competition to test knowledge, or to assess anyone’s palate. It was a fun event, with wines designed to be virtually impossible to recognize, so as to challenge everyone present to be creative, share a collective challenge and try more delicious wines.

In order to win a prize, participants had to give answers for: producer, varietal(s), region, country, appellation and time in barrel for both the red and white wine. By accident we also managed to add “website” to the mix. This was a flaw in the form’s design as we were looking for participants to include their own blog, but it appeared to demand the website of the ‘secret’ wine. This error on our part actually elicited some of the most entertaining answers of the tasting, as absolutely no one could know the website of these wines. The answers received ranged from “under construction” to “currently out of service”, but my personal favorite was; “winery still using a typewriters”.

The featured wines were:

Château Musar 2000

Producer: Château Musar
Appellation: Wine of Lebanon
Country: Lebanon
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan
Time in Barrel: 12 months in Nevers French Oak

Absum 2005

Producer: Bodegas Irius
Appellation: D.O. Somontano
Country: Spain
Varietals: 60% Chardonnay, 25% Gewürztraminer, 15% Pinot Noir
Time in Barrel: 3 months in new French oak.

Winners of the EWBC Blind Tasting:

1st Prize: Emilio Saez van Eerd (certainly the most creative, if not most accurate answers)
2nd Prize: Juan Manuel Gonzalvo
3rd Prize: Henrik Heikel

Thank you all for your great entries and congratulations to the big winners! We ask the winners to please email your shipping address to [email protected] to receive your gift.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 juan manuel // Sep 13, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    el verdadero premio es conoceros y haber compartido esta experiencia con todos

  • 2 Emilio Saez van Eerd // Sep 15, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    The fact that I accidently spit out the red contest wine into the bucket where you had to deposit the written answers, did not infuence the outcome too much, I hope!

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