Posted 28th Jun 2016
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Posted 28th Jun 2016
I hadn’t expected we’d discuss gender issues during the Burgundy masterclass at the exclusive Len Evans Tutorial in the Hunter Valley, but somewhere between the Volnay and the Chambertin the issue arose.
The Len Evans Tutorial is an exclusive five-day program created to train wine industry professionals to become wine show judges and general ambassadors for great wine and a progressive industry. Over five days, four judging sessions, four masterclasses, five dinners, several late nights and the most generous, priceless and exquisite list of wines in the world, we were put through our paces in a sort of boarding school/battle-of-the-palates way. It was exhilarating, delicious and terrifying in equal measures.
Wine of the Week
(£30, 12.5%, Majestic)
Pascal Marchand made his name at Domaine des Epeneaux in Pommard, but is now producing some equally impressive wines under his own label. This is a pale, even delicate Pinot, especially by the standards of Gevrey-Chambertin. Aromatic, nuanced and floral, it shows crunchy redcurrant and pomegranate flavours, plenty opf zip and focus and the faintest whisper of oak.
I’m an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 31 years’ experience. I write for a number of publications, including The World of Fine Wine, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Imbibe, Decanter, Jamie Magazine, Robb Report and Woman and Home and am one of the Three Wine Men. I am a co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, the world’s most rigorously judged blind tasting competition, and have won over 30 awards for my journalism and photography. So far, I don’t have a red nose to show for it.
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