25 Women and 150 wines

What do you get when you put 25 wine loving women in a room with over a hundred wines?

The pre-judging tasting for a revolutionary new female driven wine competition of course. The task was simple, we needed to eliminate one wine per flight (of which there were five) to reach a grand total of 120 wines for the 100 women 100 wines competition which is taking place on the 27th and 28th of August in Cape Town.

Easier said than done as each of the 25 women present had different backgrounds in wine and obviously different preferences too. We also had to set our snobbery aside and vote on the wines from a commercial perspective.

The Women’s day pre-judging forms part of the second stage in the competition and serves as the precursor to the main event where the 100 women, chosen from a cross section of the country’s demographic, will represent female intuition in their final top 100 selection. The women will be tasting the wines sighted (whereas us ‘professional wine lovers’ tasted blind) and per occasion.

As Clare Mack pointed out at our elimination tasting, the purpose of the competition is “to accelerate wine down the road of accessibility”.

Our task was no small feat (as indicated by the raised voices towards the end of the tasting) and resulted in some heated debates amongst the tables.

Once we were done we were allowed to view our favourite wines and my top selection from each of the five flights is as follows:

Sauvignon Blanc flight – De Morgenzon 2010 Sauvignon Blanc
Red Blends flight – Le Bonheur Prima 2007 Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
Sparkling Wines flight – JC le Roux La Fleurette NV
Cabernet Sauvignon flight – Les Coteaux 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Sweet White Wines flight – Obikwa Moscato NV

Some of the ladies also present at the event were (in no particular order):

Lauren Cohen (@laurencohen)
Maggie Mostert (@Blackdelilah)
Skye Grove (@SkyeGrove)
Ishay Govender-Ypma (@Foodandthefab)
Karen Glanfield (@kgbwine)
Sam Linsell (@drizzleanddip)

What a lovely afternoon spent with fellow women in wine.

Be sure to pop over to our Facebook page to view some of the photos.

This article was first published as a blog post on WINE.CO.ZA, please click here to see the original article.

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