Judging Process

THE COMPETITION WEEK

The wine and spirits competition will include a full week of tastings in different locations with each location containing a team of 6-12 judges. The judging will last no longer than 5 hours each day as we care about your products and promote uncompromised evaluations.

THREE ROUNDS OF TASTINGS

1st Round of Tasting  (Principal Tasting)

All samples are tasted in their classification codes.  Gold Medals advance to the 2nd Round of Tasting. Double Gold medals advance directly to the 3rd round of tasting.

2nd Round of Tastings (Premium Tasting)

All Gold medals will be tasted and evaluated again blindly. The judges will determine if the samples are worthy a Double Gold medal. If so, the product will advance to the third and final round of tastings.

3rd Round of Tastings (The Best of The Best Tasting)

All Double Gold medals will be tasted and reviewed by all judges to determine the best of the best in Classification and Show.

 

WILD CARD

  • Each Judge has the right to send per day one product he/she has tasted directly to the BEST OF THE BEST Tasting.  We call it the Wild Card. The product will be awarded Double Gold Medal and will be sent directly to the third round of tastings.

TASTING STYLE

  • The tasting is conducted completely in the blind.