On 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
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan
Time in Barrel: 12 months in Nevers French Oak
Producer: Bodegas Irius
Appellation: D.O. Somontano
Varietals: 60% Chardonnay, 25% Gewürztraminer, 15% Pinot Noir
Time in Barrel: 3 months in new French oak.
Winners of the EWBC Blind Tasting:
Thank you all for your great entries and congratulations to the big winners! We ask the winners to please email your shipping address to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your gift.