Tasting more than 9,000 wines is no mean feat

20 April, 2007

, but International Wine Challenge judges arrived at London's Barbican this week to start the process. This year's panel of 420 experts includes sake judges and observing visitors from Japan. Co-chairman Sam Harrop MW will again carry out wine faults analysis for the world's biggest wine competition, run by OLN publisher William Reed. The medal winners will be announced on May 22 at the London wine fair and the trophies on the first day of Vinexpo. Pictured left to right are Lucy Bridgers, Peter Mc Combie MW, Fraser Williamson and Adam Marshall.

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Richard Hemming MW: beware inverse snobbery

Few things can bring communal pleasure so intimately as wine. Apart from a hot tub, perhaps. Sport can trigger mass jubilation, film gives us shared empathy, but wine has a nigh-unique ability to bestow conviviality among us through a shared bottle ľ which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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