State fair Blue Ribbons for wine are crap

If you don't live in California, you may not have (as much) experience with this problem. Basically, it seems that every wine that hasn't been reviewed by a magazine or celebrity taster falls back on the laurels of their blue ribbon from the state fair. The California State Fair seems especially liberal with dishing these little pieces of folklore out and seems to have enough categories that any winery can win. Do we really want to know which wine won "Best Zinfandel Between Mile Markers 34 and 42 on Highway 12?"

Alder over at Vinography does a bit of an expose on the blue ribbon scam and articulates something that I've been thinking for a very long time: Blue Ribbons Suck.

Read the whole post at Vinography.


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