Stuart George

More thoughts on wine competitions

In Tastings on September 4, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Further to my comments on wine competitions after my recent stint at the Austrian Wine Challenge, Radio 4’s Today programme on 3 September featured a brief interview with Willie Lebus of Bibendum Wine Ltd. billed as follows: “Willie Lebus discusses why many wines, according to research published in the Journal of Wine Economics, are viewed as extraordinarily good at some competitions but viewed as below average at others.”

Willie argued that it is all about the “quality of judges… It is a lottery.” He made some very sound points but was given less than three minutes to make his case.

The broadcast is available on the BBC website until September 10. Willie’s interview is at 2:57, just before the end of the three-hour show.

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