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This year editor Joel Goldberg has been tapped as a judge and will be blogging from the 2007 Michigan Wine & Spirits Competition as one of 24 judges of 365 Michigan wines!
Why so many judges? That’s based on the logistics of the competition. Four judges work together as a crew at each table, jointly tasting and judging the entries in specific categories. With six tablesof judges and perhaps 350 wines entered, that gives each of us close to 60 wines to evaluate. And while Robert Parker is reputed to taste through as many as 200 wines in a day (!), my palate fatigue can set in after as few as a couple of dozen — particularly if they’re big reds or sweet dessert wines.
Out of this comes the medal parade — double gold (unanimous gold medal award by all judges), gold, silver and bronze. Then we pick the best in each category, and overall best in the competition.