In June, Quails' Gate Estate Winery in West Kelowna, British Columbia, hosted a blind tasting featuring well-known international chardonnays and three of its top chardonnay labels to be assessed and benchmarked by a wide-ranging panel of Canadian wine experts.
We divided the blind tasting into three sessions and offer you the chance to sit at the table as the wines are tasted and, at the end of each round, when the wines are revealed, you have a front-row seat to the panel discussion.
The results may surprise you.
Along the way, you experience what it is like to taste blind and how talented the panel is as it works its way through the wines. What may seem like vast differences of opinion are more like taking a different path to get to mostly the same conclusions.
Chardonnay is the favourite whipping boy of industry analysts, but in the end, it is one of the most widely drunk wines in the business. We take our hats off to the Stewart family and the team at Quails’ Gate for having the guts to pull off an event like this and letting you behind the scenes of the modern-day wine business.