Each month Decanter magazine features the results of expertly judged 'panel tastings'. Panel tastings generally comprise 90 wines that are sent in to be blind tasted by three judges inside Decanter's office in London. The criteria for wines to be included in panel tastings vary; collections can be based on specific vintages e.g Barolo 2010, classifications e.g St Emilion Grand Cru Classes, regions e.g Campania whites, price e.g Value Rioja £8-£20 and latest releases eg Vintage Champagne. There are usually two panel tastings published monthly, with some issues featuring three.
Written by Georgina Hindle