Home News > March 2019 > Around the ‘edges’ of the wine world

From Greek and Turkish whites, to Austrian wines and ‘fascinating’ flights from Slovenia, today’s popular picks were from the ‘edges of the wine world’.

The Slovenian flight was one of the favourites of the day, praised for the delicious and fascinating wines, with judges loving the different styles of all varieties.

Other whites in general have also done surprisingly well today, with tasters mentioning their quality more so than previous years – definitely a category to watch.

Flights of Pinot Noir, particularly from the New World, were also incredibly strong today. Competition Director, Chris Losh, commented: ‘they’ve achieved the wine style they always want to be able to make and want to make more of.

‘They can be hit and miss but this year they’ve (NW Pinot Noir) really given a solid performance from Chile to Australia, to New Zealand to the USA, there has been a really strong performance across the board and it’s really good to see.’

Disappointing our panel today was Rioja and other Spanish reds, particularly Crianza unfortunately.

Not only have the flights taken us around the world today, we were delighted to welcome judges Cinthia Lozano from Honduras and Bianca Potenta from Amsterdam, for the first time. We were very grateful to Bianca who travelled to London this morning, especially for the judging, after finishing work at the Andaz Hotel at 1am – cheers to that!