The Grape Wall of China Wine Challenge
March 13, Maximâ€™s (Solana), Beijing
On March 13, eighteen judges will gather in Beijing for the first Grape Wall of China Challenge. The GWOC Challenge has three goals:
1. To judge 60 wines that retail in China for less than RMB100:
Since times are tough and the average wine purchase in China is below RMB100, we want to help consumers find wine that is inexpensive and good.
2. To involve wine consumers in the process:
The judges will include six professionals, who will taste all 60 wines, and two groups of six consumers, each of which will judge approximately 30 wines. No employees of wine distribution companies will be included as judges.
3. To involve locals in the process:
At least two-thirds of the judges will be Chinese citizens.
The professionals will judge each wine using a twenty-point system that covers color, aroma, and so on. The consumers will judge each wine as being in one of four categories: â€œLove it,â€ â€œLike it,â€ â€œDonâ€™t like itâ€, and â€œHate it.â€ All judges will have space to make written comments about the wines.
The GWOC Challenge will determine three sets of winners:
- The professional panel’s picks
- The consumer panel’s picks
- The combined panels’ picks
Details on how distributors can join the Challenge will be posted on Wednesday at 10 AM. In order to be fair to everyone, they will only be posted on this blog. All distributors will be treated on a first-come, first-served basis. No entries will be accepted before this time.
The Challenge directors are contributors to Grape Wall of China. They are Frankie Zhao, owner of Pro-Wine Consultancy, Nicolas Carre, general manager of Maximâ€™s (Solana), and Jim Boyce, founder of this site.
If you have questions about the contest, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Look for a second Grape Wall of China Challenge to soon be announced, that one focused on Chinese wines.
Thanks to Ma Huiqin for the Chinese translation.
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