More than 20 sparkling gems were submitted, most of them classic examples from Champagne, but also from Austria and Italy. Willi Balanjuk, A la Carte magazine’s wine expert, curated the submissions and put together flights for the blind tasting, which was finally held on 12 December in Lech’s prestigious Restaurant Fux.
Who's Who of Wine Critics
The jurors were all experts in their field – mostly wine critics, but also sommeliers and producers. Among the international experts were global names such as world champion sommelier Marc Almert (Baur au Lac, Zurich),Ralf Frenzel (Fine magazine, Wiesbaden),Joshua Greene (Wine&Spirits, New York),Jamie Goode (wineanorak, London),Linda Perez (Svenska Dagbladet, Stockholm),Jancis Robinson MW (jancisrobinson, London),David Schildknecht (Vinous, New York),Harald Scholl (Vinum, Zurich),Sascha Speicher (Sommelier magazine, Neustadt) and sparkling wine and biodynamic expert Romana Echensperger MW. A selection of Austrian critics including Jürgen Schmücking (GaultMillau),Roland Graf (Falstaff) and Philipp Braun (OÖN) rounded out the panel.