Victory is sweet. But as five Yale Law School students learned Tuesday evening, victory preceded by wine is even sweeter.
Besting opponents from Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, UChicago and UPenn law schools “by a wide margin,” a team representing the Yale Law School Wine Society — founded in 2012 by Tyce Walters ’09 LAW ’13 — took first place in the U.S. Intercollegiate Bordeaux tasting championship held Tuesday at the French Consulate in New York City. After enduring a series of wine-related trivia questions and blind tastings, the team will travel to Château Lafite Rothschild in Bordeaux, France this June (all expenses paid!) to compete against other collegiate teams from the U.K., France and China. But more importantly, the team proved that when it comes to wine, nobody messes with Yale.
“This year, with a better sense of the competition’s content and format, we prepared during the fall by doing a few blind-tasting practice runs and by studying the history, geography and classification systems of Bordeaux,” said YLS Wine Society member Laura Femino LAW ’14. “We suspect that nailing the vintage (2007) on one round of reds — we were the only team to do so — secured our victory.”
Femino added that the team is “beyond excited” for the final showdown in France, and will be continuing their training this spring. The winning team was composed of Femino, Walters, Webb Lyons LAW ’14, Daniel Weisfield ’07 LAW ’14 SOM ’14 and Joseph Pomianowski LAW ’15.
Congratulations, YLS Wine Society! We never doubted you for a second. You know what they say, after all: In vinum, lux ET veritas.