As the storm clouds gathered over southern Britain, in H321, hidden away from gale force winds and heavy rain, the department took their minds off things by holding their first Wine Seminar.
Around 12 bottles of wine were placed before the eager participants, with the bottles sufficiently covered up so as not to see the labels and tasting notes for each of the unknown bottles distributed. The task: to taste each wine in turn and guess which wine it is, with only the tasting notes at hand.
Now what appeared to be a purely social occasion for drinking wine and nibbling on bread and cheese, turned out to be quite informative as Ronni Pavan, Professor of Economics, enlightened staff with a presentation on Orly Ashenfelter's soil-breaking work on the economics of wine regressions.
Ronni then went on to correctly identify 5 out of 12 wines and win the wine tasting competition; his prize, to organise the next seminar.
Now it may come as surprise to many that the Journal of Wine Economics is not yet a five star journal, however it appears the department are preparing intensively for that possibility!