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Great article. And wow an amazing and very heated discussion which is always fun. I'm actually still making it through the last group of posts so my point may have already been made. I think the big thing here that is pointed out has nothing to do with who may or may not be qualified to judge and evaluate/score wines. The important thing in my opinion is the background behind those results. There is no possible way imo to come up with a standard set of criteria for judging as has been suggested. It isn't possible to find a criteria that suits all involved and the millions of different palettes in the world. All can agree that wine is subjective. The only real standard I could think of is that the wine was made from grapes and is suitable for human consumption, is that grounds for a gold medal? Everything after will have some amount of subjectivity. As a consumer what i find useful about scores/reviews is I know who is doing the evaluating. If I find that I tend to agree with Tanzer, Raynolds, Parker, GV, NYCR, Jancis whomever it may be then their opinion becomes useful to me. I know that I have agreed with their subjective viewpoint in the past and will likely usually agree in the future. It doesn't matter if they rate based on 100pts, 20pts, letters, badges, colors, or animal ratings. All the rating becomes is a reflection of their opinion which I can choose to use in my decisions or not. This is simply not something that can usually be applied to a medal competition. A competition just cannot set the baseline consistently to generate a cohesive viewpoint on which to evaluate their judging. And that's my point, I can judge critics/bloggers etc. as to how they may or may not agree with my tastes. I cannot do that with a competition medal.
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