This article was published on The Sydney Morning Herald online August 29 2014.
Gold, we all instinctively understand, equates to top step on the podium. From athletics to academia and the arts, there can be only one numero uno when the medals are handed out.
Except when it comes to the world of judging our favourite tipples. Here, it can sometimes feel like gold medals are handed out like placards at a political rally.
Harsh? Well, if you’ve ever found yourself in a bottle shop on the way to a dinner party, panicking about selecting a great drop, you’ve probably seen them – an array of bottles plastered with impressive-sounding medals and awards.