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Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2015, Jesolo, Italy

Three times it’s a charm they say. My third year in a row as part of the wine judging jury at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, third time the only representative from Macedonia at the competition so far and a third occasion to meet again my fellow wine judges, wine critics and one of the most influental people in the wine world. Well, to be honest, we kind of meet even more often these days. 

The Italian seaside resort of Jesolo, just a stone’s throw from Venice, was the venue where the 22nd  Concours Mondial de Bruxelles took place this year. The wine competition lasted for three days,  from 01st – 03rd May, and brought attention to the Veneto and its 21 appellations located within the wine region surrounding Jesolo, including Valpolicella and Soave, as well as the world famous Prosecco. 
 
Let me give you the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles in numbers so you would get a clearer picture of this wine machine- 8020 wines from 45 producer countries were entered in the competition, more than 299 wine judges from 49 nationalities  from across the world divided in 50 judging panels scored the wines and more than 70 young sommeliers from AIS during the three days of the competition walked more than 500 km serving wines to the wine tasters. The worlds most prominent sommeliers, importers, buyers, wine writers and journalists give credibility to this wine competition like to no any other I have seen, attended or tasted at. 
 
The organisation- impeccable as every year. Concours Mondial de Bruxelles has one of the most well organised teams that every year makes sure the competition, both the one on stage where the tasters taste the wines and the one off stage, visit to the wineries, CMB activities run smoothly. Scoring the wines, scoring the tasters, is all part of the CMB system. After each competition every judge receives a statistics of their scoring, giving them an insight in the consistency of their work compared to the other fellow wine judges as well as a sort of a grading of your own wine tasting skills. 
 
The Wine Region of Veneto- Conegliano Valdobbiadene, Prosecco DOCG Superiore and Soave
Visit to some of the wineries in the most prominent wine regions of Veneto, Conegliano Valdobbiadene and Soave were part of the planned wine trips. The winery (La cantina) Ornella Molon was first one on the list. Situated in Campo di Pietra (Treviso) holding both the DOC Venezia and DOC Piave as well as having vineyards in Prepotto (Udine) Friuli, DOC Friuli Colli Orientali. 
 
A visit to Bellenda Winery, situated in the heart of the Prosecco Superiore Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG was a treat after a long first day of wine tastings. In addition to the sparklers, it also produces Colli di Conegliano DOC as well. A visit to Soave and some of its prominent wineries was also scheduled after the second day of wine tasting. 
 
The gala dinner took place on the last day on the island of San Servolo, only a short boat ride from Venice. Bottles of Amarone della Valpolicella, Prosecco and some very fine examples of wines from throughout the world were passed among the tasters, conclusion of the best tasted samples were shared and many laughters with loads of jokes applicable only to wine geeks were exchanged. 

Macedonian Wines at CMB 
The Macedonian wines were present in the array of world wide wines for the third time at this prestigious wine competition. This year they won five medals from seven entered samples- Chateau Kamnik Winery won a gold and a grand gold medal for their Cuvee de Prestige 2013, being also pronounced as one of the six CMB Revelations for 2015 and Tikves Winery won four medals in total: two golds for Alexandria Cuvee Red 2013 and Alexandria Cuvee Rose 2014, as well as for their Temjanika Special Selection 2014 and Vranec Special Selection 2013. It is actually with a gripping interest that Macedonian wines are so welcomed at CMB every year and the tasters are looking forward to tasting Macedonia  wines seeing them as a part of the upcoming Balkan potential. 
 
Bulgaria and the Town of Plovdiv to Host the Next Edition of Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2016
The next edition of the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles will take place from 29th April to 01st May in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. This comes as no wonder or surprise as the town of Plovdiv has recently been appointed as cultural capital of Europe for 2019. It seems that Bulgaria has been slowly but rightfully pacing towards becoming a centre of the Balkan wine scene. The Digital Wine Communications Conference 2015 is also taking place in Plovdiv in October this year, as well as the Balkans International Wine Competition, taking place in Sofia for the fourth time later this month, thus attracting the world wine attention to this up and rising wine country. 
 
Please find the complete results on the following link:
 

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