Wine judges are rather unsteady, study finds

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Does this story in today’s Business section surprise you?

A study by retired Humboldt State professor Robert Hodgson found that judges at the California State Fair wine competition scored poorly at giving the same wine an identical rating when they tasted it multiple times in a blind tasting. ‘Consumers should have a healthy skepticism about the medals awarded to wines from the various competitions,’ he said.

What criterion do you use to buy wines? Are you swayed by medals, ribbons? (Me? I drink whatever S. Irene Virbila is drinking.)


-- Rene Lynch