This summer I was lucky enough to be invited to be a judge at the 2009 Michelangelo International Wine Awards in Stellenbosch, South Africa. This is the only one of the many South African wine competitions that uses only non-South African judges. The awards were created in 1997 by the very entertaining Lorraine Immelman and are run by her and Sue van Wyk, a Cape Wine Master who is one of the foremost authorities on Pinotage.
I was honoured to be be invited and enjoyed the process very much indeed; we worked hard tasting many hundreds of wines and visited lovely wineries, saw wonderful places and met many fascinating people. Continue reading