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Oct

Romania, for the first time at the World Blind Tasting Championship

Article originally published in Romanian by Valentin Ceafalau here

https://valentinceafalau.wordpress.com/2019/09/30/romania-in-premiera-la-campionatul-mondial-de-degustare-a-vinurilor/

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Romania will compete for the first time in the World Blind Tasting Championship, a competition that will take place on October 12, in France. The competition, currently at the seventh edition, is organized by the most important wine publication in France, La Revue de Vin de France. This year, the tastings will take place in the famous Chateau de Chambord, located on the Loire Valley, with 28 national teams from around the world competing.

This edition brings new attendees next to the traditional countries such as France, the winner of the 2014 championship, and Belgium, designated as the winner in 2013 and 2017. In 2019 will attend for the first time in the history of the competition, the teams of Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Estonia, and Romania. During the competition, the teams, consisting of four tasters and a coach, will taste six red wines and six white wines from all over the world. For each wine, the teams will have to identify the variety, country of origin, region, year of harvest, and, if possible, the producer, each of the defined criteria being scored differently.

The Romanian team includes the sommeliers Iulia Gosea Scavo and Zoltan Szabo, specialists with over 15 years of experience in the field and winners of several international contests, the wine communicator Horia Hasnas and the signer of this article (Valentin Ceafalău), the coach of the team being the wine passionate Radu Rizescu .

List of participating countries: South Africa, England, Belgium, Belarus, Brazil, China, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Monaco, Holland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, United States and Zimbabwe.

Romania’s participation in this edition of the World Tasting Championship in the blind is possible with the support of The Iconic Estate winery and the Winelover Romania Association.