The competition now in its fifth year, and the highest number of awards: 30,000 euros in total. On Sunday March 25, at the Llotja de Mar in Barcelona, 120 couples compete. Inscriptions gauging peaked two months before the conclusion of the competition and, as Quim Vila, "This year has been an overbooking of applications."
In this edition, the contestants are European, with an important participation in French. In other editions were presented pairs of different continents. In the two parts which make up the competition, both in qualifying and in the final, are tasted seven wines: two whites, three reds and two "special" (cellars, champagne, sherry, port, fortified ...). Although the concept is "try wines in the world", the protagonist is Spanish.
Sicilian wine organic production on the slopes of Etna. / RR
Each couple has to find out which country is the wine, which is the area and designation of origin, grape variety, the vintage, the producer and the brand. Indeed one must possess good nose, sensitivity and daring at the time of the election. Experience matters, of course. Known sommeliers are presented each year to challenge Viniteca Vila , but the fans do not make the grade professionals also as tasters, according to the balance of the competition.
Another peculiarity of these tastings for couples is that each year the celebration alternates between Madrid and Barcelona. For those interested in the edition of 2013, aimed enrollment date: Jan. 6. There yet, but everything is little time to train the senses of expert tasters.