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The Palate 2013 - Round One

Following on from an incredibly popular debut in 2012, The Palate returned bigger and better in 2013 and even more of you joined in the fun

Oddbins - The Palate 2013 - Round One
Oddbins - The Palate 2013 - Round One

The Palate 2013 kicked off in spectacular style at the beginning of June, with 8,136 contestants turning out for Round One.With a barrel load more wildcard entries into the Quarter Final, including a huge turnout at the Three Wine Men event in Edinburgh, we almost topped 10,000 entrants in total. And you guys were on dazzling form...

The competition raged through three hard fought and challenging rounds, but we have managed to whittle the field down to our top 12 finalists. Our dream dozen will be making their way to a top secret London location on 7 September 2013 to face their toughest challenge yet...

There they will face a wine tasting bootcamp hosted by Saturday Kitchen regulars Susie Barrie MW and Peter Richards MW and a series of gruelling challenges (if drinking wine can really be considered gruelling), before we find out who will lift the trophy, bag that holiday and be crowned The Palate 2013.

But Who Will Win?

Last year’s competition was dominated by contestants from the north and men, well that was until Fran Evans from Crouch End in London emerged victorious. This year’s competition, however, has been dominated by the ladies (only 4 out of our 12 finalists are men) and by Londoners. Judging by last year’s results that would suggest our winner will be a man from the north. Trouble is, there aren’t any! Our gents are all from London. So it is all still to play for!

The Wines from Round One

For all those who took part, the wines you tried in Round One’s blind tasting were the Janeil Manseng Sauvignon Blanc 2011 and the Janeil Syrah Grenache 2011 . These wines both come in at the very reasonable price of £7.25, but when we asked how much you though they cost, over 50% of you put them at more than £8.

The Wines from The Quarter Final

The Wines from The Semi Final