Africa does us proud at World Blind Wine Tasting Champs in France

The World Blind Wine Tasting Championships were held on Saturday 13th Oct in the Lanquedoc - with 23 countries participating. This competition is organised by French magazine la Revue du vin de France and it is 6th year of operation.
South Africa and Zimbabwe were the only teams representing Africa, with TeamSA's 6th appearance and TeamZim's 2nd.
Congratulations to Belgium who not only are the best in the world in the soccer stakes, but now also top of the pops in blind wine tasting!  2nd was Finland and 3rd France.

#TeamSA2018 aka #TeamNederburg are now ranked 10th in the world, with #TeamZim making it to 14th position - a considerable improvement for them from 2017.  

Jean Vincent Ridon, coach of #TeamSA2018 is super proud of his team - as their score of 105 is the best they have achieved in the 6 years since the inception of the competition.
The South African Team have just completed an incredible week, with Jean Vincent as their driver, tour guide and coach, taking them on a whirlwind tour to wineries in France and Spain which most people would give their eye teeth to do.
Heinrich Kulsen, winemaker at Nederburg, accompanied the team, and wherever the team went - they were welcomed with open arms and the team was brought to tears at Chateau Angelus with their bells welcoming them with a beautiful rendition of Nkosi Sikelel iAfrika - bringing the team to tears!

Well done to both African teams - a great result, resulting from great coaching and team work.

Anyone keen to get into the teams for next year - get your palates ready. Keep practising to identify the most you can when tasting blind, and you too could be winging your way to France to compete in the 2019 World Blind Wine Tasting Championships.

Pics credited to TeamSA & TeamZim