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2008 : Wine Tasting Review

Sniffing Out the Bluffers

This was the second such event organised by Worth Society – although the first under its new name.  And if the audience was not confused at this point they certainly would be by the end of the evening!  Such was the fun had by all.

The format is very simple – the audience have to ‘sniff out the bluffers’ from the esteemed panel – this year comprising Julian Gairdner (StB’89), more at home with a pint of bitter;  Mel Carson (B’90) a lover of flaming Zambuccas;  and Shane Allin (B’89) who is a highly respected all-rounder when it comes to drink i.e anything goes!

The five bluffers (world experts at the end of the tasting) took the audience on a tasting experience of six wines (three whites and three reds) and sought to convince our 32 onlookers that they could accurately describe the wines.  It sounds so simple!  But not when the panel was in full flow with descriptions like “peachy, toasted almonds, cocoa, jasmine” for a simple bottle of Pinot Gris Viognier!

Needless to say, as the evening progressed the bluffers became more and more flowery in their approach, while the audience became more and more confused.

At the end, all of the Event objectives were achieved.  Namely, money for the WOBS Global Action Awards and an eclectic mix of Worthians, from the 70s, 80, 90, and 00s, who had a great time catching up with old mates and meeting some fresh-faced recent graduates!  I would like to thank all those involved in the organisation and those who donated wine.  We received very constructive and, in the main, positive feedback from everyone who came along.  Having listened, we are sure that our next event in 2009 will be as successful as that held in 2008!

So, if you haven’t tried sniffing out the bluffers, then we recommend that you join us next time and find out for yourself what it’s all about!

Eddie Robinson (B’89)