I’ve just returned from London having been invited as a judge onto the Spanish Panel of Decanter Magazine’s deciding on medal placings for the 2007 vintage Rioja. My fellow panelists included at least two Masters of Wine (MWs) along with other luminaries from the wine world. Confidentiality prevents me from naming the winning wines from the 90+ that we tasted, until after the March Decanter Magazine goes to print. However more about this two day judging event will be posted here soon, including the names of the other judges and some general comments about the standard of Rioja red wines from this officially recognised ‘Very Good Vintage’! Watch this space!