Some wine-show medals are more credible than others. If wine shows are to be gauged by their results (and they are), a European judging named Berliner Wein Trophy is looking a bit shaky.
The pros and cons of wine competitions are widely debated; so are the shortcomings of the judging process. It’s a truism that there is no perfect way to evaluate wine, and none of the methods – including wine shows – should be taken as gospel. One area where I believe the shows have been losing credibility is their tendency to give major awards to excessively young red wines. These infant wines have yet to demonstrate their true worth – they’re what Len Evans termed ‘callow’ wines.