ArticleBeing a Wine JudgeWritten by Jeremy PerkinsWhen I was first asked to interview a certified wine judge at the 2011 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition, the largest competition of its kind, I will admit that I felt a little intimidated, and it was my first time attending the event. Nevertheless, I donned an apron and sheepishly carried my first flight of wine toward the judging table. My panel of judges, all from the American Wine Society (AWS), Peter, Walt and Joe adjusted their seats, speaking softly to one another in what I could only imagine was eager anticipation of tasting amateur wines for many hours. I was originally supposed to follow one judge for the day, Joe Dautlick, but, once things got rolling, it became difficult not to ask the entire panel questions, especially since I was soon to find out that judges work as close-knit teams. I was impressed and relieved to note that judges genuinely seemed to want every entrant to win. They were not, in my experience, at all stuffy or aloof, as I had previously imagined. Rather, their overall goals leaned towardAlready a member? Log InYou'll Also Like Article MEMBERS ONLY United We Wine: Generations connect though the grapevine Winemaking roots can run deep in some families and those roots can often get intertwined. The Walker family from Connecticut shares their appreciation of how their roots have ties to several other winemakers near and far. Article FREE Complementing Food: Teaching winemaking to young chefs The culinary world and hobby winemaking collide in an upstate New York college campus where one man’s mission is to introduce the winemaking hobby to chefs-in-training.