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Wine JudgingHow do I stay motivated, focused and relevant in today’s world of winemaking? It’s always hard to sneak off but I try to take advantage of my winemaking friends’ competitive tastings and experimental trial tastings. Those events bring multiple winemakers together so there is information to be shared. I actually love the specialized trade publications that often spark internal questions here at the winery about how to improve upon an assortment of tasks. And occasionally, you have the honor of being asked to judge wine competitions as I was recently. It was a fascinating perspective into how we all look at wine differently - and that’s OK! It’s what’s makes wine so fun to enjoy and share!

 - Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls