Fancy showing your wine-tasting skills?

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DO YOU fancy yourself as a bit of a wine buff?

Then we’ve got a great chance for you to show off your skills.

The News has teamed up with independent wine merchant Alistair Gibson for a ‘taste off’ event called The Judgement of Hampshire.

It is named after a famous wine tasting event in France 40 years ago known as The Tasting of Paris.

Held at Hambledon Vineyard at 10am on bank holiday Monday, May 30, we’ll be pitting Hampshire own sparkling wines against France’s champagnes in a blind tasting.

The aim is to see how the county’s finest fares against the French favourite.

There will be four of each for the tasters to test over a session that should last about two hours.

The tasting panel will be made up of Mr Gibson, a reporter from The News, two local restaurateurs and the two readers chosen to take part.

Mr Gibson said: ‘It is amazing how far English sparkling wine has come in such a relatively short space of time, Hampshire is very much leading the way with its chalk soils, and this tasting will a wonderful opportunity to put the vineyards of 
Hampshire on the map once again, regardless of the results.’

If you would like a chance to be one the panel, you need to let us know, in fewer than 20 words, why you should be chosen.

Email with Champagne Test in the subject line or wrote to The News, 100 Lakeside, Western Road, PO6 3 EN.

Tasters would need to be available on the day for two hours and be happy to speak to The News and have their pictures taken to appear in the paper and online.