How consistent are Wine Judges?
There has been quite a bit of discussion and controversy in the wine world over this recent study, released by the Journal Of Wine Economics.
Brief synopsis: that wine show judges are not consistent with their findings and medals can be somewhat arbitrary as a result.
I will definitely argue that it is the process at blame probably more than the individual person. Perhaps because I have judged at a few wine shows over the years.
Even seasoned wine palates get confused and fatigued after dozens of wines. There is no doubt that high fruit, high alcohol, and overly oaked wines perform well under these circumstances. They can still pack a punch when the brain and tastebuds are tired.
Experienced judges know this and try to counteract this tendency but sometimes end up overcompensating by giving weak, insipid wines the medals instead.
Let's face it. Wine Shows are marketing opportunities. The wineries use the awarded medals to help sell wine. Judges use the wine show experience to build their wine resumes and therefore their careers.
Are these shows becoming outdated and out of touch as wine consumers and wine professionals alike are increasingly sharing their wine recommendations and reviews online?