How Wine Tasters Influence Buyer Preferences

Behind the Scenes at the L.A. County Wine Competition

Racks of wine bottles awaiting tasting.

hide captionRacks of wine bottles awaiting tasting. There are 4,000 entries in the competition, and 120 wines to taste each day.

Karen Grigsby Bates, NPR
Wine-stained teeth of a tasting judge.

hide captionJudge Barry Burton demonstrates what could happen if you have too much red wine — stained, sensitive teeth.

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Ever wonder what those gold and silver medals on wine bottles mean, and how they got there? NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates talks with judges at America's largest wine competition to discover how they influence what ends up in your shopping cart.

List of Award-Winning Wines at the 2004 Los Angeles County Fair Wines of the World Competition:

Best White Wine: Geyser Peak Winery, Sauvignon Blanc, Block Collection, River Road Ranch, 2003

Best Wine of the Competition, Limited Production: Barrister Winery, Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, 2002

Best Limited Production White Wine: Clos du Lac Cellars, Sauvignon Blanc, Sierra Foothills, Amador County California, 2003

Best Sparkling Wine: Domaine Chandon, Blanc de Noir, Methode Champenoise, California

Best Late Harvest Wine: Jackson-Triggs Vintners, Ice Wine Riesling, Proprietors Grand Reserve, 2002

Best Organic Wine: Lopez Island Vineyards, Siegerrebe, Puget Sound Estate, 2003

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