Deeply Personal Insights Behind Wine Medals and Perfect Scores

Rarely will you ever walk into a wine retail shop that doesn’t proudly display shelf talkers calling out the medals won and high scores earned by an elite ensemble of select wines. These accolades can do much to boost a wine’s popularity and countless consumers rely on scores and medals to help guide their buying decisions.

There was a time when Host David Wilson was very wary of what awards really mean. Do they serve as an honest assessment of what awaits us under the cork, or are they random and unreliable?

Over the years, David’s opinions have changed and, in this episode, he pulls back the curtain and shares some of his own insights as a wine judge as well as insights from American winemaker Mark Carter of Carter Cellars who has earned an amazing number of perfect 100 point scores from the world’s most revered wine critic.

By the time this podcast is over, you’ll be able to look upon medals and scores with a great deal more confidence. By and large, there are some very able-bodied folks out there, tasting through tens of thousands of wines and offering their evaluations in hopes of making it less likely that you will spend your hard earned dollars on a stinker.