Industry News

by Angie Tieling, May 7 2009

Wine Judging and other Travails


Things have been a bit quiet here, what with Rianie away in the U.S. and vintage coming to a close. No sooner did Rianie return and she was back at the coalface, judging in the Trophy Wine Show at Paarl this week. We're waiting to hear what it is like trying to assess wine with serious jet lag!

With regard to the Trophy Wine Show, it's an interesting line-up of foreign judges this year. Brian Croser, of Petaluma and Tappanappa fame is in town, along with Julia Harding MW ( Jancis Robinson's offsider) as well as Michel Bettane, the high profile French journalist. There is also a strong list of South African's such as Gary Jordan, Carrie Adams and Christian Eedes. A wine show is only as good as the quality of judges who adjudicate, and it is for this reason the Trophy Show holds the most credibility of any wine show in South Africa. We're not sure if a good showing helps to sell more wine or not but it certainly gives you a good understanding of where you are at with regard to wine style. That's assuming of course that the opinion of the good men and women in lab coats is of value to you!

Dombeya has entered a few wines, as we usually do. There are no price categories in this competition, so we are up against wines that tend to be many multiples higher in terms of price but that hasn't stopped us performing very credibly in past years. 'Twill be interesting to see what the results throw up in 2009.

Other than that, we have Ntando (our scholarship student) back with us for a couple of months after returning from Australia. Check out the blog (The Dombeya Scholarship) for the weekly reports that Ntando posted whilst she was down under. Looking forward to seeing her and catching up on all her experiences.

As always, if you are out this way and want to drop by and taste some wine, just let us know. We love having visitors and everyone is welcome. Apparently, we are Ok at hosts too, check out this review!
All the best, the Dombeya crew.


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