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Governor's Cup Judging
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  Rating Scale

   Ratings will use the 100 point Wine Spectator scale.

   The numerical rating will be used to determine medal 

   winners and advancement to the subsequent round.



A Classic Wine, Among The Best Wines In The World


Outstanding, Superior Character And Style


Very Good, A Wine With Special Qualities


Good, A Well Made Wine Of Good Quality


Average, A Drinkable Wine That May Have Minor Flaws


Not Recommended (NR)


No Score (NS)





Outstanding/Classic 90-100 points


Very Good 85-89 points


Good 80-84 points



Tasting Notes

Our esteemed judges assemble tasting notes for each wine commenting on:

•  Appearance: clear or dull, color, intensity, other visual observations

•  Aroma: descriptors as to clean or faulty aromatics, fruit, floral, vegetal, spice, oak, chemical, animal, and intensity

•  Flavor: dry, off dry, etc. RS, character of the alcohol, acidity, body, tannin, oak, fruit, floral, vegetal, spice, oak, chemical, animal, and intensity

•  Overall Quality

•  Commercial Suitability

The average wine score will be used to determine if it qualifies for a medal.


Preliminary Round

Over the course of 10 days, each wine is tasted by 6 judges. This is a single-blind tasting, meaning that judges only know the grape or category of a wine, but the vintage, winery and name are hidden behind coded-glasses. Finally, individual judges' scores of a wine are averaged into one score after the lowest score is dropped.


Final Round

Over the course of 3 days, 15 judges assess the highest ranking wines from the preliminary round. Unlike the preliminary round, each judge samples all of the Final Round wines. Each wine in the Final Round receives a final average score after lowest is dropped. The 12 wines with the highest average score are identified as the "Governor's Cup Case." The wine with the highest overall score is the Governor's Cup Winner.


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