Wine Business student wins International Tasting Competition

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Every year Plumpton College sends two students over to France for this competition. This year Alex Finn and Charlotte Bradbury, both International Wine Business students, were selected and went up against nearly 100 competitors.

23-year-old Alex was one of the three finalists going head-to-head against professionals from Italy and Croatia before winning triumphantly with a score of 92, the highest points ever recorded in the history of the European competition. Charlotte was placed a very respectable 11th,.

The three-day rigorous process sees competitors compete in three rounds: Wine Rating, Wine Characterisation and Communication with a Wine Tasting plus Commentary for the three finalists. In addition, both Alex and Charlotte each had to prepare a presentation on the nominated topic. This year's topic was "Viticulture: a living sector that evolves on a daily basis”.

Tim Andrews, International Business lecturer at Plumpton commented “This really is a fantastic achievement. Alex is a highly enthusiastic and engaged Wine Business student and it’s always a pleasure to see our students’ hard work pay off. Both Alex and Charlotte have a very bright future ahead in this international industry.”

Alex said “We had a great few days with Charlotte. It was the biggest agricultural show in Europe, so there was plenty to see! It was great to be the first English person to win, and I am very happy!  I would like to thank Plumpton for the opportunity. Hopefully, there are more winners in the future to come from Plumpton."

Alex will take home a cash prize of €400