Originally posted by James Molesworth:
To Florida Wino and others who say we're not responding re: the process involved...
I'm sorry I don't get it - we've listed the judging criteria and explained how we go about things. The magazine article which accompanies the listing clearly states the numbers on who got rejected, etc. The website here provides all the pertinent info on the program...
What am I missing here?
Most people think that the award process consists solely of a cursory read of the submitted wine list. That's it.
I think WS could really help itself with a thorough answer, such as this (hypothetical) one:
1. Wine lists submitted for consideration in our awards program are given to our awards panel.
2. The awards panel consists of ___ number of people.
3. The panel members qualifications are ________________.
4. The panel reviews each submitted wine list for accuracy, number of selections, etc.
5. A panel member compares the submitted wine list to the actual one on the applicant's web site. Any material differences result in a telephone call to the applicant. Non response by the applicant usually results in the application being rejected.
6. A panel member compares the submitted menu to the submitted wine list to provide assurance the wine list pairs with the food.
7. A panel member calls the restaurant to confirm all the data submitted is accurate before it is published. Non response from the applicant will cause the wine list to be rejected.
8. A panel member goes a Google search to find additional relevant information about the applicant's wine program. Substantial negative information is considered when evaluating the wine list for an award.
9. The whole evaluation process, in general takes about ______________ minutes (hours) for each wine list.
I think you get my point.
I want to make it clear that I want to see the WS Awards be the best they can be. That's why I wrote to you in the first place and offered constructive comments for positive changes to the program, not simply complaints.