People can accept the fact that Two-Buck Chuck Chardonnay is a decent wine at an incredible price.
But the best Chardonnay in California? That’s harder to swallow.
This isn’t a rant against wine competitions. Overall, they serve a purpose, and at the least they provide a system to evaluate thousands of wines that might otherwise not be tasted or evaluated.
Wine competitions typically have experienced tasters on their panels. But they all go about things differently, and certainly the results from some competitions are more credible than others.
Some competitions, for instance, judge wines by price range. Virtually all wines judged at competitions are submitted by wineries. I’m not aware of one competition that buys wines to judge.
Similarly, judges bring different perspectives to these competitions. When you have a panel of tasters who have dissimilar views on what constitutes a varietal wine, or a great wine, or a flawed wine—whether it’s too much oak or too much residual sugar—it’s difficult to build the consensus needed to award a wine a medal.
What can happen is the panel’s votes gravitate toward the center. That is, they pick a clean, fruity, well-made and flawless wine that’s more middle of the road and inoffensive than distinctive.
That sound like Two-Buck to you?
Powell Yang — Napa, — July 5, 2007 3:23pm ET
Kevin Krawchuk — Vancouver B.C — July 5, 2007 3:54pm ET
Jay J Cooke — Ripon CA — July 5, 2007 4:13pm ET
Andrew J Walter — Sacramento,CA — July 5, 2007 4:38pm ET
Troy Peterson — Burbank, CA — July 5, 2007 5:43pm ET
Roy Piper — Napa, CA. — July 5, 2007 8:43pm ET
Robert Noad — July 5, 2007 10:56pm ET
Apj Powers — Dallas, TX — July 7, 2007 1:51am ET
Tom Eichler — Portland — July 7, 2007 2:59pm ET
Jack Potter — July 12, 2007 9:46pm ET
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