Monday, December 5, 2022

LeDomduVin: AIWC - Asia International Wine Competition 2022

AIWC - Asia International Wine Competition 2022

AIWC - Tasting wine as a judge for the Asia International Wine Competition 2022 😁👍🍷

So excited as, for the 5th year (2017, 2019, 2020, 21, and 22), I have been invited to participate in the AIWC as a Wine Judge.

Compared to the past 2 previous years, where samples were sent to our home and the tasting was done individually, this time, things were back to normal, as the tasting occurred at, where we tasted together. 

This year again, the wine samples were reduced to a small number of bottles, inconveniently due to the collateral consequences of both COVID and the War in Ukraine, but, hey, quality over quantity, right? 😉

Most wines tasted good overall, some less than others of course, and some way much better than the rest. At the end of the day, it is always a fun experience. 

It was also a good opportunity to catch up with Beth and to meet Belle (@belle512) who was tasting the Beers for the ABIC (Asia Beer International Competition). 

Adam could not be there with us, also due to the COVID scare, but he was definitely with us in our conversation.

On behalf of Adam, Beth treated us to a great lunch on-site with some Italian classic dishes (pizza, risotto, etc..), with a Barolo-aromatized cheese at the end and a bottle of Oddero Barolo 2017 (@oddero) that was really enjoyable.

Oddero Barolo 2017

Great nose of dark and red fruits mingling with floral and graphite notes, earthy and mineral nuances. Although quite youthful, it is nicely balanced overall, and well structured, with a refined texture, good acidity, and chewy tannins that will need a few more years to tame down and get more integrated, yet, it paired really well with the cheese. Loved it. 

Thank you, Adam Levy (@alcoholprofessor & @thealcoholprof), and Beth Dorrough (@bethdorrough) to give me the chance and the opportunity to participate in this wine competition, once again. It's always with great pleasure. 

Cheers! Santé! And may the best wines and best ratio value for money get the medals. 


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