A scotch whisky distiller, when asked recently if he made any blends, was gloriously sniffy and dismissive of blended whisky. It would have been interesting to see and hear what he would have made of the Johnnie Walker Directors Blends, which I got to taste last Thursday (November 28) in London.
The Spanish Wine Tasters’ Union announced 25 medals including three supreme gold champions, following a tasting, held in London last month.
The judges of the Albariños Around the World 2012 International Competition comprised 12 of the UK wine industry’s leading figures included three masters of wine – Sarah Jane Evans, Susan Hulme and Peter McCombie – followed by sommeliers Andrea Briccarello (Galvin Restaurants), James Myers (Gordon Ramsay Restaurants) and Clement Robert (The Medlar), journalists Fernando Melo (Revista de Vinhos), Juan Carlos Rincón (Decanter) and Patricia Langton, and the wine buyers behind major high street brands such as Waitrose and Vagabond Wines, Nick Room and Peter Ingram respectively.
The judges tasted 74 still white wines, two sparkling wines and three aguardientes (distilled between 29% and 60% alcohol by volume. The proceedings were supervised by Fernando Gurucharri, president of the Spanish Wine Tasters’ Union.
The final line-up of the Around the World 2012 competition featured three Supreme Gold Albariños, 13 Gold Albariños and nine Silver Albariños, plus 19 Commended Albariños.
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