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Unsigned Talent Trade Tasting

Decanter's first Unsigned Talent Trade tasting was held at the OXO2 in London on 20 September.

Last Thursday (20 September) saw the first Decanter Unsigned Talent Trade tasting take place at the OXO2 on the Southbank in London.

Wine experts from across the trade gathered to taste over 190 award-winning wines. Credit: Decanter

Over 250 members of the wine trade, including merchants, sommeliers, wine buyers and importers gathered to taste 192 wines from wine regions around the world.

The trade were invited to taste wines which were all seeking UK representation. Credit: Decanter

The wines available came from 20 different countries and all received a medal at this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA).

Amongst the attendees were some of the UK’s top wine importers, supermarkets and retailers. Credit: Decanter.

The aim of the tasting was to help wines find UK representation by putting them in front of the UK’s most important wine importers and retailers.

Download a copy of the event catalogue here

The wines available ranged from Best in Show – the top accolade at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards to Bronze medalists. Of the 192 wines showcased, 97 were Bronze, 65 Silver, 16 Gold, 9 Platinum and 5 Best in Show.

Attendees were able to try DWWA 2018 winning wines from all corners of the world. Credit: Decanter

The trade were also invited to try their hand at “being a DWWA judge”.
Attendees were given a crib sheet that included the country, region and sub-region of the wine as well as the vintage and grape varieties and asked to award them a score following the same system used at the DWWA (100-points system)

Decanter’s Blind Tasting table at the 2018 Unsigned Talent Tasting. Credit: Decanter


The winner of the competition will be announced later this week and will win two tickets to Decanter’s flagship event, the Decanter Fine Wine Encounter in November.

Click here to find out how the Decanter World Wine Awards judging and medals work


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