Tim James on wine

Blind tasters leading the blind

Blind tasters leading the blind

I feel a little sympathy for Wine magazine - either the results of their tastings are ludicrous, or some deft manipulation is discernible. They can't win.

While writing winey stuff for a predominantly horse racing magazine recently and pondering vine-equine connections, two thoughts persisted. Firstly: however much of a gamble it is to buy and open a bottle of wine (and the older the wine the less certain you can be of precisely what you’ll find), it’s easier to lose money on horses. Secondly: given the absurdities involved in wine-judging, wouldn’t it be nice if wine competitions had the equivalent of a winner which was simply the first one past the post?

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