Effervescents du Monde – feedback on my judging

Because it’s a very serious affair, all Effervescents du Monde judges are given feedback on their judging after the event. Such tastings are a tricky affairs: it’s all too easy to assign meaning to results where there is none, for judges to be lead or allowed to exhibit prejudice, and so on. I was impressed how at Effervescents du Monde all the judging was conducted totally blind and totally without influence between judges to ensure as proper a judgement as possible. An interesting commentary on such issues, and a related analysis of the famous Judgement of Paris is here.

The feedback on my Effervescents du Monde judging came in the form of a report as to how my judging compared to the other 4 judges in each panel, as follows (where StdDev means within the standard deviation around the mean):

Below StdDev
Within StdDev
Above StdDev
Feedback on my written comments
Day1
6
8
3
Average expressivity of language, and somewhat in line with other judges
Day2
5
10
2
Average expressivity of language, and very much in line with other judges
Day3
1
14
2
Rich language, and very much in line with other judges

So in summary I definitely got more with the consensus of others as I got more experience in judging in that style, and by day3 was very much in line. Also, I started out slightly harsh, perhaps. I’m pretty happy with the results. The next question is whether they will invite me back next year as promised, and whether I will enjoy it as much without being in a cosseted group of Plumptonites protecting my poor language skills. I very much hope to return.

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