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And the Verdict Is: They Sipped, They Spit, They Argued. More Than 50 Judges Winnowed Nearly 3,000 Wines Down to the Very Best. the Result: A List You Can Count On

Magazine article Sunset

And the Verdict Is: They Sipped, They Spit, They Argued. More Than 50 Judges Winnowed Nearly 3,000 Wines Down to the Very Best. the Result: A List You Can Count On

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TRY AS I MIGHT, I'm incapable of convincing anyone that my job as Sunset wine editor (ergo, professional wine taster) is tough. What could be hard about having to sip a little wine most days? I give you the 48 hours of our Sunset International Wine Competition--this year, April 28 and 29--as proof that the job of tasting, of judging, can be beyond grueling.

With close to 3,000 wines entered this year, we gathered more than 50 judges--all among the West's most respected palates. Working in panels of three, each judge tackled about 100 wines a day (a new glass every 3 minutes or so), tasting for varietal character, soundness, and complexity. To keep their focus and give each wine its fair shake, those judges needed a great deal of protein for breakfast, vast quantities of roast beef to cleanse their palates between flights of tannic red wine (tasted in the morning when palates were fresher; white and sparkling in the afternoon), and coffee on cue at 3 p.m. Spitting was a given, for pure survival. …

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