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Gold medals in wine contests don’t mean much

By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 at 12:45 pm in Corkheads.

Gold medal wines

Fantastic story in the Los Angeles Times about the  findings of a study on gold medals in wine contests.

It found that of almost 2,500 wines that were entered in more than three competitions in 2003, 47 percent won a gold medal in at least one contest. However, of those gold medal winners, 98 percent were regarded as just above average or below in at least one of the other competitions! Haha.

Take the whole gold medal thing with about 25 grains of salt. Judges (including me) get palate fatigue about half-way through a blind tasting. While everyone’s threshold is different (mine’s about 30 wines), it makes sense that judges start awarding points to wines that are memorable, stand out, or are made to their taste, not necessarily those that are stellar or true to varietal or region.

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