Wine Judging


With a veritable sea of wine available to consumers, how can a winery get some individual recognition for the wines it produces? Well, one of the ways is to enter their wines into competitions or shootouts, to see how they fare to a group of wine judges.

As President and founder of Affairs of the Vine, wine educator Barbara Drady is the event organizer for several of these wine shootouts. Their competitions employ a panel of industry professionals to act as judges, tasting through hundreds of wines to determine their preferences.

All wines are tasted “blind” during a series of four or five flights (10 wines per flight) per day. Each wine is judged on its own merit and not judged against other wines in the flight.

Scores and notes are collated, and once the preliminary tastings are completed, the top scoring wines are chosen for the final round. The 50-60 top scoring wines are then reviewed in the final round by a larger panel of experts.

Most interestingly, the final results are tabulated with comments and observations on each wine by gender.

Join us as we talk with Barbara Drady to see what kind of organization goes into conducting these shootouts, and discuss the beneficiaries of the results.

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3 Responses to “Wine Judging”

  1. 1 Peter Cisek Mar 3rd, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    If anyone is interested in a formal training program that is designed SPECIFICALLY FOR WINE JUDGES… I would like to recommend visiting the American Wine Society for more information on their Wine Judge Training Program.

  2. 2 DwightB Apr 8th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Thanks for the post! It look like you guys had a great time. I’ve never been to this event before…but this post sure make me wish that I did. Great pics!

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