Super Bowl is on the horizon, the national collegiate football championship has just been decided, and many universities are on the march toward the Final Four. But an item from the Yale Daily News hit the wine world this morning with news about a real championship.
It was determined in fierce competition in the French Consulate in New York City and involved competitors from the law schools of some of our nation’s most prestigious universities — Chicago, Harvard, Yale, Pennsylvania, and Stanford. But by a “wide margin” the Yale paper reported, the Yale team claimed the championship of the U.S. Intercollegiate Bordeaux Tasting Competition and qualified for next summer’s world championships to take place in the cellars of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild.
The winning Elis formed a school wine society last year and spent a great deal of time practicing, honing their nostrils and taste buds for the competition. Now, before the departure for France, the team of five will probably work on at least a hundred bottles to preare for the worlds against the best palates among European universities.