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Schooling The Competition

Nov 22, 2010
Schooling The Competition
A classic wine-tasting challenge opens to American students.

wine_tasting_notesAdmittedly, Europeans have several things at which they regularly outperform Americans. But now the yanks have a chance to take the crown at a traditional battle between English and French university students: wine tasting.

A group of wineries, growers and merchants in Bordeaux's Left Bank has long sponsored a tasting challenge between the wine clubs of Oxford, Cambridge and two French universities. Now, two American and two Asian university wine clubs have a chance to unseat the old-school establishment in a taste-off at legendary Chateau Lafite this summer.

Getting there won't be easy. On January 29, several American college wine clubs will duel it out at the French Consulate in New York for the two spots in the finals at Lafite. Clubs from Columbia, Harvard, Northwestern, MIT and others have already signed up.

The final round will be tough, too. First there's a multiple-choice test, then three blind tastings of three wines each. A tasting might be: "Here are three wines from Pessac-Leognan. Two are of the same vintage, the third is a 1999. Pick out the 1999, then guess the vintage for the other two." Each member of the winning team gets a magnum of Lafite!

If your college wine club wants to compete on January 29 for a U.S. spot at the finals, click here to send an email enquiry or call Anne at (212) 889-7656.

Who do you think will win this summer? Share your thoughts below.


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