Three of the world’s largest international wine competitions are held in the UK and across the year the wine calendar is divided into a delirium of sample sending, extreme tasting, result announcing and the grand finale of award dinners where the ‘super’ trophies are revealed.
Now I’m impressed..Of the 14,000 or so wines that were entered into the competition this weeks award dinner boiled down to 28. The best of the best, the trophies of the trophy winners, and several wine producers from as far away as NZ had come to London in hope of picking up one of these exclusive gongs. As a guest of Concha y Toro we tasted through a good handful of trophy winners that had the budget to doll out extra samples for the occasion, the most notable of which were the three reds served with dinner;
Psssstttt…. if you don’t have time to read the full article then between you and me the best red was Bodegas de Familia Burgo Viejo, Licenciado, Rioja Reserva 2006, a classy, classy example of the spicy and rich, fruity goodness found in good vintages of Rioja Reserva.