Technology has some unusual applications – but wine tasing across three continents probably counts as a first.
Videoconferencing will be used for for linking a wine tasting presentation between the BAFTA Theatre Piccadilly, London, Cape Town and Napa Valley in California. The theme is "South Africa versus the Rest of the New World".
Tandberg will supply the video conferencing equipment in partnership with Dimension Data
The Master of Wine at the BAFTA Theatre is Peter McCombie, who is joined by Vondeling winemaker Matthew Copeland. Julian Johnsen, MD of Vondeling Wines will be in Cape Town representing South Africa. Tom Peterson, MD of Vintage Point will be in Napa Valley, California, representing the US and the "rest of the New World".
The experts will review champagne, red and white wine, and a dessert wine, each from the respective South African and US wine estates.
The South African wines to be tasted (one red, one white), are Vondeling Babiana Noctiflora, 2006 and Vondeling Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Blend, 2005.
The Napa Valley wines to be tasted are Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2006 or Le Cigare Blanc by Randall Grahm and Newton The Puzzle 2002.
The aim is to entertain and educate guests at the London venue. Visitors will be able to taste the South African and Californian wines, compare them, and interact with each master of wine.
“Videoconferencing provides an opportunity for wine enthusiasts to communicate live across continents with the actual producers. In the same manner, videoconferencing is assisting businesses reduce travel and carbon footprint and enhance productivity,” says Bryan Thompson Tandberg area manager: sub-Sahara Africa.