Between Narince and Nerello Mascalese?

Judging at #MundusVini – and a Georgian wine focus By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  March 4 2018 It was an intense three-day period of tasting at the Mundus Vini wine competition. I discovered new grapes and made new friends, and it was fun to see many old friends and fellow judges in my fourth year […]

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Blind tasting at Mundus Vini 2016

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 21 February 2016 in Neustadt, Germany We began businesslike. Our chair, German sommelier Jochen Benz, who tastes with the Grand Jury Europeen, spoke not a word during the entire first flight, which proved a bit disconcerting. We began with two “warm up” wines, and thought that we would have discussed these […]

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Contextual concerns in blind tasting

29 August 2014 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com Blind tasting at an international contest as comprehensive as Mundus Vini can be a daunting task. For five days in a row, judges fly to Germany from all over the world. They get up at 6:30 am in order to taste wines from 8 am until about […]

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Tired of expensive wine

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles An original wooden case of six bottles of Clos des Lambrays 2012, purchased direct from the domain, cost me over €600. Clos des Lambrays is hardly the most expensive grand cru Burgundy. While more expensive than, say, most Corton grands crus, it is not nearly as onerous on the wallet as Grands Echezeaux […]

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