Last week I attended the Spit or Swallow box Wine Awards at the penthouse on Long. This was the second year of the awards and entries this year increased from 14 bag in a box wines to a staggering 39. Over 80 Judges tasted through this year’s line-up with only one aim at hand, to find the best red and best white box wine in South Africa.
Everyone who attended the event had the opportunity to judge the wines. The judging panel was a nice mix of esteemed wine critics and experts, everyday wine drinkers and members of the media.
As my friends Hennie and Maggie from Batonage.com put it, it was a public service duty to judge these awards.
What made this competition different from any wine competition in the world was the scoring system that was used. The popular social media website, Twitter, was used to record and calculate all the scores submitted on the evening, a definite first in the world. All 39 box wines were scored blindly out of 10. Everyone who attended the event’s twitter handles were registered and all that the judges had to do is tweet their scores @boxwineawards. This live method of scoring provided people from across South Africa and the world with the opportunity to follow the event online and see exactly which boxes were in the lead.
I’m not going to lie and say I enjoyed many of these wines, because I didn’t, but there definitely were a couple that I could have sipped on.
This year Robertson Winery Sauvignon Blanc was awarded the best White Box Wine in South Africa and Drostdy-hof Merlot 2010 walked away with the title for best Red. These were not in fact the 2 that I liked, but hey this is a popularity contest.
You can check out all the results here: https://boxwineawards.