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Palate Test: A Blind Tasting

Mitch Frank
Issue: December 31, 2012

At Wine Spectator, all new-release wines are reviewed in blind tastings. It's the best way to evaluate wine, eliminating the bias that's unavoidable when you know a wine's label or price. It can also be humbling, even for highly experienced tasters. But senior editor James Molesworth stepped fearlesly up to the plate for the "Palate Test: A Blind Tasting" seminar, in which four mystery wines were poured for the panel and the audience to identify, with points awarded for each correct answer. He was joined on stage by chef Emeril Lagasse, four-time NBA champion John Salley. Wine Spectator editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken moderated the panel.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands December 4, 2012.

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