This is the second year I ran into Amanda Barnes, British wine writer and judge based in Mendoza, Argentina, at the Michelangelo Wine & Spirits Awards. Between flights of vino I got her talking on what she’d been tasting.
Michelangelo Judge Amanda Barnes on Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz
Judging for this year’s Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards kicked off in Stellenbosch with 30 judges from 16 countries making their way through the record number of 2 244 wines and spirits entered for this year. Visiting South Africa for her second stint as a Michelangelo judge, Argentina-based British wine writer and judge Amanda Barnes is one of the assessors of the two largest wine categories, namely Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz.