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Smart Money and Critics/Scores

Critics and Scores
There have been several recent articles on both the value (or lack there of) of scores and critics ability to score them same wines consistently. Eric Asimov, while speaking at the recent wine writers symposium, stated:

# @ablegrape The group at the blind tasting as a whole got things right about 60% of the time. #spww5:31 PM Feb 18th from TweetDeck in reply to ablegrape

# Finished conducting a blind tasting panel with Frank Prial. Goal was to see if attendees could identify Cabs and Merlots correctly. #spww

Alder should be commended for his tweets – not sure I would tweet that my panel scored a low D on tasting between just two grapes.

Have the Critics Post Their Scores Each Time They Score a Wine

So my proposed solution. Have the critics provide a max number of wines they can taste in a given hour and score. For me, it would be 12 or maybe less.

Wines are served blind, they may be same bottle duplicates and there will be wines they have scored. The critic will be then scored (on a 100 point system). Points will be given for recognizing wine, varietal, vintage and duplication.

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