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02.13.2005

Wine Judging: Jury Duty With Alcohol

The Sacramento Bee has got a great article this week about wine judging for competitions. The Bee's staff writer J. Freedom du Lac (great name or what?) gets invited to be a judge at the S.F. Chronicle's annual wine competition. Simply a wine aficionado like most people reading this site, du Lac gets a good taste of what he calls palate paranoia. It's well written and funny, and an interesting perspective on what large scale wine competitions and the judging process is all about. Think tasting 160 wines in six hours is a piece of cake? Think again. At least they get to wear white lab coats.

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