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Fernando Mora MW and Jonas Tofterup MW to host online blind tasting competition

Fernando Mora MW and Jonas Tofterup MW to host online blind tasting competition

Fernando Mora MW and Jonas Tofterup MW have organised an online blind tasting competition to take place live via Instagram (@fernanadomoramw and @jonastofterupmw) on 22 May. The idea was to create a fun and social event for wine lovers and the Spanish wine trade whilst in lockdown and to raise money for #YoMeCorono, a charity working towards the development of medicine to help treat people with coronavirus.

Fernando and Jonas will have a company rebottle eight different wines into 20 ml sample bottles without the contact of oxygen and checking for TCA (guaranteeing the quality). The sample bottles will then be numbered and shipped to all participants a few days before the blind tasting takes place. They are expecting 200-400 participants.

This is a charity tasting. The only expenses are the wines for tasting, the company which rebottles the wines, shipping out samples and the first prize.

The first three prizes are as follows:

1st Prize
DRC La Táche 2016

2nd Prize
Bodegas Frontonio – Jardín de las Iguales red and white
Dinner for two at Restaurante Absinthium in Zaragoza

3rd Prize
Viña Valdivieso – 6 bottles of Caballo Loco Number 17
Magnums of Gosset Grand Reserve
Dinner for two at Restaurante Trigo in Valladolid (* Michelin)

The tasting will be in Spanish, and all participants must be based in Spain. Winners will be announced on 23 May via Instagram.

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Harriet Tindal MW to co-host new podcast series I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Harriet Tindal MW to co-host new podcast series I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Hear Harriet Tindal MW talk about the MW process in the first episode of ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’, a new podcast series she co-hosts with Michael Brennan.

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Sarah Jane Evans MW appointed new chair of the Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino

Sarah Jane Evans MW appointed new chair of the Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino

Sarah Jane Evans MW has been appointed the new Chairman of the Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino. Her appointment to the role was carried unanimously by the GOCV’s 63 members, which includes some of the UK and Spain’s most renowned and respected wine trade professionals, journalists and winery owners. She takes over from Nick Room, ex-Waitrose buyer and director at RT Solutions, who held the position for 10 years and follows on from a long line of Spanish wine experts who have held the position since the GOCV was founded in 1984.

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