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Building Skill and Confidence in Your Wine-Tasting Palate

August 26, 2019

Maureen Moroney

I recently had the privilege of attending the International Cold Climate Wine Competition (ICCWC) as a judge. The competition was organized by the Minnesota Grape Growers Association and the University of Minnesota, and featured more than 300 wines from cold-climate varieties, plus 24 judges and numerous hard-working volunteers.

Earlier in my wine-world career, the idea of serving as a judge at a wine competition would have seemed inconceivable to me. Now I have three under my belt, and I don’t find it at all uncomfortable or stressful.