Wine Olympics

Wine Olympics Competition

Being the sporty gal I am, the Olympics are always of the utmost interest to me. Every four years I get caught up in the fervour of this aging athletes last chance, or that 13 year olds backward somersault, and, barring the yawn-some opening ceremony and Andy (get a haircut) Murrays limp out of the tennis competition, it’s been a good games and especially for us Brits currently sitting 9th in the medal table.

One thing the Olympics do not inspire me to do is to drink more wine but the UKs gradual slide down the table probably will. The Olympics are the creme de la creme of sporting achievement and, being unhealthily obsessed with vino as I am, it led me to think, quite unnaturally, about which bottles our countries would send off to the Wine Olympics.

I’m English, really we don’t produce wine, we do produce some quite good act-chew-ally sparkling whites, but well, *muffled cough*. As I live in Italy, we would send the mighty Barolo to the Olympics and probably come in somewhere around 9th too.

Who would win the wine Olympics? Well, it would be Italy. Obviously. Not France. Italy.

What am I waffling on about? WELL. It’s another competition of course, last month Mr Andrew won a 6 pack case of assorted Italian wines and I have another question for you to have a 2nd chance to win a case of wine.

Competition Question
Who would win the wine Olympics? The name of the wine and the country please and, even better, a reason for the answer.

Something like this:
B. di Montalcino of Italy would win gold but would later be disqualified for doping :)

Please leave your answer, name and email address as a comment to this post. Competition live until Friday the 15th of August, the best answer wins a 6 pack of Italian wine worth around €80. Good luck!

Italian Wine Blog – Wine90

20 thoughts on “Wine Olympics

  1. France gets the most golds behind its 2005 entries, but America wins the medal count, piling up silver and bronze medals in almost every competition. However, the big story of the Olympics was in the preliminary heat of the aged red wine category, when Chateau Musar, 1985, of Lebanon, considered a real long shot for a medal, refused to compete after discovering that it would be facing Golan Heights Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Yarden, 1985, of Israel. The Lebanese Olympic Committee stated the next day that Chateau Musar was feeling corked, an explanation accepted by the IOC and saving Lebanon from sanctions.

    David Honig
    dhonig@indy.rr.com

  2. Well, it clearly depends on the judging. Is this subjective or objective? You know what happens with subjective. The “crowd pleasing” wines will always win since their applause has an affect on the scores. Take into consideration group tastings, or in the Olympics case – platform diving. Did you see the scores some of the judges were putting up for faulty dives? Quite clearly an adjustment due to the massive support the Chinese divers were receiving!

    In this case, something like *ugh*, *shudder* Yellow Tail Shiraz will win, with its blueberry and vanilla and wood chips and soft texture.

    But in pure events, like those that have the fastest, highest, longest, whatever, that’s where you see the true thoroughbreds, things like fantastic Barolo, Brunello, Bordeaux that can go the distance and truly put on a magical, memorable display.

    So what’s my answer? It depends!

    (and you already took my doping answer).

    Once again, I can’t win, since I can’t have wine shipped. Let’s just say I’ve withdrawn due to injury. And no, not a hangover.

    – Jay

  3. Ksinomavro from Naoussa (Greece) is surveying the unfathomable scene around it and smiles. Italian and French wine makers trudging past it, beaten and sad. Bottles of Merlot and Bordeaux, broken and weeping. Tiny Greece – No. 1 in nicknames and a 100-to-1 pre-Games long shot – has done it again and caused momentous upset to wine snobs that have been refusing to give this underdog a good swirl and sniff since the Black Days of Retsina. How did this little-known gem of a wine make it to the top? Naoussa, cold and mountainous motherland of Ksinomavro, gives it its godly taste: High in acidity, heavy in tannin, and fragrant with flavours of dried cherries, spice, herbs, and roses, it’s a shoe-in for Barolo (*gasps of horror and yawps of sacrilege*) especially after aging it 20 or 30 years. Don’t believe me? Give our Olympic winner, Boutari Naoussa Grande Reserve 1976, a try and see for yourself.

  4. A random bottle from my rack:

    Tegernseerhof creation 2004 Riesling, Kremstal, Austria / Österreich (Qualitätswein)

    I havn’t tried this one yet, but the maker is brilliant and I love the austrian whites…

  5. It would come down to a three way battle of Syrah; California, Washington St. and a CdP. Australia (shiraz) would make a run and come on early but would not have enough to make it to the medal round. The gold would come down to a battle between Washington State and the CdP. CdP would take the gold over Washington state, but look for Washington State in the 2012.

    John
    e750ml@gmail.com

  6. An old school Barolo Riserva because he had an uninterrupted 5 year training period, has a good deal of agressivity in its tannins, is able to lift 5 to 50 hl barrels and runs the “colour” out of his body…

    Who else would be able to win the decathlon??

  7. Let’s face it, the winner would be China.

    Whilst all the traditional wine producing countries jostle with each other with all the usual, boring and well-rehearsed arguments, the Chinese are quietly working away at Olympic winning products.

    With the resources being poured into it, and the possibilities it offers, I wouldn’t put it past them to win the gold!

  8. The winner of the wine olympics would be a Washington state wine or possibly an outside Pinot from Oregon and not a fat cali chard like last time. Though it would certainly be team USA on the top tier of the Olympic podium with a 100 point wine.

    Jacka411@aol.com

  9. For “Old World Elegance and Style”, the gold would go to a red Burgundy – and not just because it happens to be one of my favourite things to drink!

    For “Proper Food Wine” – without a doubt a Chianti (with silver going to a large plate of something like hare or cinghali pasta or even pici with cherry tomatoes and four cheese sauce).

    For “Steely Reserve, Finesse and Ageing Potential” (and this would be the surprise tussle of the Games) a Clare Valley Riesling would battle it out with a Hunter Valley Semillon. My money would be on the Riesling to win, just because they tend to be a little more accessible than the Semillons.

    For “Big Wine, Big Flavours” – a South Australian Shiraz and a Cote Rotie would be the main contenders. And I think the judging of this one would be marred by all sorts of controversies about the judging panel and subjectivity and personal taste (thus making lots of front page news – especially when it transpired that the Cote Rotie had an Australian wine maker!).

    “Best Value Wine” would almost definitely go to a Sauvignon Blanc or a Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile. Try a Chilean Sav Blanc and you’ll understand what I mean!

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