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Award-winning wines: are they really the top bottle?

Acclaimed wine writer and sommelier, Natalie MacLean.
The Spring Okanagan Wine Festival starts Thursday and runs through next week, kicking off tonight with the Best of the Best Wine Awards and Reception.

Award-winning wines often end up in the liquor store with a ribbon around their neck, and there are lots of ribbons to go around.

Wine awards are in the same category as, say, gas prices and Cadbury caramel -- how they work is one of life's great mysteries.

So Daybreak has called in a professional to help sort through the stash of ribbons and medals.

Natalie MacLean is an acclaimed wine writer. She's a sommelier, the author of Red, White and Drunk All Over and Unquenchable, and is the winner of four James Beard Journalism Awards.  She's also the editor of the largest Canadian wine web site.

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