Wine tasting bunkum?

Following the publication of most of the 2012 wine competitions I took a look at the results for English Wines. Many people had commented to me pointing to discrepancies in results between competitions. Having previously said I’d favour replicated tastings, I started reading around the subject. Here’s a taste of some of the sobering reading.

A recent post in the excellent New Yorker outlines how New Jersey wines compete with top Bordeaux (borrowing from the 1976 Judgement of Paris), but concludes that there’s probably a large slug of randomness in there. There’s more comment on that tasting here, with results on LiquidAssets. Reading more, there’s an article from The Guardian saying there’s no correlation between perceived wine quality and actual price, which is echoed in more formal research here.

Despite the challenges of judging the relative merits of wines, I am reminded that there have been few formal tastings of English Wines v international competition to see how they match up. Time for a more formal, rigorous assessment?

So replicated tastings are the answer, right? Well maybe. As an aside, I happened upon another article in the New Yorked from 2010 about some of theĀ challenges of scientific method, which is long but worth a read.

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