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Posted: Friday, February 20, 2009 12:00 am

Yes, even you can be a wine judge. In fact, for this year’s second annual Lodi International Wine Awards, the more you fit the description of an “average Joe” wine consumer, the better.

In addition to recognizing stand-out quality in the finest wine candidates, the organizers of the awards competition will be investigating how the personal preferences of their panel of professional wine judges might influence their scoring.

So they need guinea pigs, who haven’t yet become jaded by the media, to drink – er, spit – wine all day on Monday, March 9th. Free wine – how could you beat that?

I watched the tasting last year, and it looked like the judging was easier to do than other competitions, with little or no writing, but still equally grueling on the palate, come afternoon.

It’s an opportunity to dramatically increase your knowledge of wine, while rubbing shoulders with famous winemakers and wine writers.

If you can spare that Monday from 8am to 5:30pm, here in Lodi, send an email saying, “I’m interested!” to

The organizers will then contact you with further details and advice, such as, “Try not to wear your favorite white sweater.”