HBS Students Enter Prestigious Wine Tasting Competition


A team of three Harvard Business School students has reached the finals of 20 sur Vin, a wine tasting and trivia contest.

The competition, first held in 2002, has traditionally included competitors from European universities. This year, American and Asian oenophiles were invited to participate as well.

Five American teams competed in the qualifying round in New York this past January.

During the semi-finals, the team members were asked to identify various types of wine based on a blind taste test and answer trivia questions such as "where did this vineyard get its name?"

"We just had a lot of fun," said Nicole M. Pereira, a member of the HBS team. "It was a really interesting challenge to blind-taste wines."

The teams from HBS and Wharton Business School moved on to the final round, which will be held in Bordeaux, France, on June 17.

Kathryn D. Andersen, another team member, said that although she and her teammates are excited for the finals, they don't have their hearts set on gaining the grand prize.

"If we do well, we do well, and if we don't, we gave it our best effort," Andersen said.

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