The Judgment of Wessington

Sunday 9th September 2018

In 1976 there was a seminal moment in the recent history of wine known as The Judgment of Paris.  Californian wines toppled the great wines of Bordeaux from their exhalted pedestal as the worlds finest wines in a blind tasting competition, hosted by wine legend Steven Spurrier, with a panel of some of France's greatest wine experts judging it.  The result sent shockwaves around the globe, and decades later it led to a pretty good movie called Bottle Shock, with Spurrier's character being played by Alan Rickman.

Whilst the quality of English sparkling wine is in no doubt internationally we thought it would be rather fun to host an event to blind taste fine quality Champagnes alongside some of the best comparably priced English Sparkling wines in our lovely orchard in Wessington.   

Our panel of expert judges so far comprises:

Sir Richard Fitzherbert Bt., a former wine merchant and well-known connoisseur of fine fizzes.

Jean-Claude Schmitt, independent wine Merchant and owner of The French Wine People.

Andrij Jurkiw, wine reviewer and writer for Great British Wines, a high-profile website and blog that promotes English wines to the world.

William Armitage, independent merchant at Andrassy Wines, based in Ashover.

The independent adjudicatorfor the event will be Andie Darlington from Taste the Seasons magazine.

The event will be open to the public, you can bring a picnic and chairs if you wish, all you need to do is register your interest in the form below.  There will be a small charge of £5 per head (under 18s free).  The event will run from 5-7pm and you can get directions here. There is limited parking but we are less than five minutes walk from the centre of the village.

We cannot guarantee the weather on the day so be prepared.  The juding of the event will take place under cover and we'll try to organise as much cover as we can otherwise... hopefully in anticipation of providing shade from the sun!

There will be a bar where some of these fine fizzes can be purchased by the glass, along with our very own award winning wines.

We would also like to select a People's Panel, a short list of 4 members of the public to judge their favourites alongside the experts. You can tick the box if you're interested and a random selection will be chosen.

Please use the button below to make your booking.  You don't need a PayPal account - you can book securely by card...

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