Not only will the winner of The Palate 2015 be named the UK’s best amateur wine taster, they’ll also come away with a week long wine extravaganza for two in South Africa courtesy of the Winery of Good Hope.
Our friends at the Winery of Good Hope recommend you take this breathtaking holiday between end of January and end of March 2016 when you can experience the harvest time of their next batch of world-renowned vintages. The winery is known for its high-calibre winemaking methods, so all six days are sure to be an eye-opening experience led by its friendly, expert team; on the seventh, you can feel free to duck over to Cape Town, although we doubt you’ll be able to tear yourself away!
On the day, the winner will also get to have a go at being an Oddbins Buyer by choosing the next wine to be sold at all of our stores across the country. We expect the winner will want to take their time sipping the selection of exceptional wines on offer – oh, the difficult life of a wine buyer! – but perhaps you’ll want to call it a day so you can quickly crack open the magnum of Laurent-Perrier we’ll be rewarding them with, too.
None of our finalists will leave empty-handed; especially not the winner of a weekend away to Veneto, Italy, provided by the sensational Tenuta Chicceri winery.
Giancarlo Ruffo first bought a property in the region so he and his family could escape the city every once and a while. But, enchanted by the gentle slopes of the Val d’Illasi, Giancarlo decided to plant up some vines and see what wine the gorgeous landscape could produce; and thus Tenuta Chicceri was born.
Maybe you’ll also get inspired and your getaway will turn into a little more, too! At the very least, if you’re not too enthralled by the area’s tranquil beauty, make sure to do some sightseeing in Verona or Venice as well.
As if this wasn’t enough, you’ll also receive a magnum of Amarone. Second place never felt so good!
Food Matching Prize
Adeptly matching wines with various foods and cuisines is a vital skill for any dilettante to master. As such, the winner of this segment of the competition will win a day course for two at the Raymond Blanc Cooking School to hone their gifts even further.
Les Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire was the first restaurant established by celebrated chef Raymond Blanc OBE, and has unsurprisingly held two Michelin stars since its first year of opening. The attached cooking school has attracted budding chefs from around the world for over two decades and continues to inspire its pupils to embrace their passion for exquisite food.