After our 2004 defeat, it was sweet victory for Cellar Rats again. It sure is great to have the trophy back! Final scores were 348 for Rats, and 307 for Vats, making it 6 wins out of 8 for Rats!

Although Geoff made it quite tough by putting in two Chenins and a Viogner and leaving out staples like Sav Blanc & Chardonnay, we had some fantastic scores, particularly from our top 3 tasters, Duane, Quentin and Shelley.

Our top 10 scores (out of a possible of 80) were:

49 – Duane Blaauw (Top Taster)
48 – Quentin Honey
40 – Shelley de Beer
32 – Terry Odgers
31 – Christopher Cosgrove
30 – Daniel Spies, Efthyia (Top Novice), Jane Davies
29 – Carl Wagner
29 – Sarie Wessels

Thanks to all of you who came and took part! If you did not make the top 10, take solace in the fact that many experienced tasters did not either, and many of those who did make it this year, did not feature last year. Wine tasting is a fickle thing!

Finally, thanks to VATS for hosting the event, and to all those who had a hand in making the food … after a hard night’s drinking it was greatly appreciated by all!

Here’s looking forward to next year!

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