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LIFE IN ACCRA - Results of the 2016 Expat wine tasting....

Sep 08, 16 - Comments

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A new post from our American Members Wes Shrum and Matthew LeBlanc, following their first THE “AT LEAST TWO BUT NOT MORE THAN 18th ANNUAL VALUE WINE TASTING” Blog post on October 25, 2012.

 

PORTUGAL DEFEATS ARGENTINA IN WORLD CUP

While neither Ronaldo nor Messi was on the pitch at the finish, the winner was Portugal in extra time.  

We do apologize for the lame hook, but Atlantico (2014) was the winner, from Portugal (Vinho regional Alentejano, 13.5%).  The second place finisher was Hereford, a Malbec/Syrah/Sangionese blend from Argentina.  Both excellent value for money.  

Of course, we refer to what is formally called the “EXPAT CHEAP WINE TASTING,” our annual event in which select (or, at least, “selected”) wines are compared in a highly systematic, blind tasting involving expats.  Since this was founded in 1994 by Americans, who know nothing about wine, it was deemed right and proper for them to judge only those wines they could legitimately be allowed to taste—the cheapest.  This year 30 cedis ($7.55 today) seemed reasonable for a self-respecting cheapskate.  Wines are purchased at a variety of caves and shopping centers in Osu and Labone.  Expats rate the wines in a blind tasting involving single-elimination consensus.  (Taste overs are required when no consensus is reached on the first round.)

A variety of standards and criteria have been used in the past, but our World Cup format this year and last involves pitting regional groups (Europe/South America/etc) against each other through semi-finals and final rounds.  Special mention this year to the Colio River Rock Red, from Ontario, which beat the U.S. Selections to move to the semis.  Historical Note: Last years winner was Bouchard Merlot over Western Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon.

We are pretty sure that Ronaldo wished he had been there—and Messi retired again from international competition.

You can contact the writer to participate in the summer 2017 tasting: Wesley Shrum - shrum@lsu.edu


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