wine ratings

wine ratings

what are wine ratings?

Whether we plan to see a movie, pick a restaurant or read a book, more often than that we tend to give much credit to ratings. They help us to make wiser choices when confronted with multiple possibilities we are not familiar with. With so many references and prices, choosing the right wine is often complex. etc wine shops will help you find your way through the different rating systems, keeping in mind that the best wine rating… is yours.

Grab a glass, and start tasting!

The concept of applying a numerical rating to wine is familiar to the majority of wine consumers but it is a relatively recent one. Two influential American publications, The Wine Advocate and The Wine Spectator both use the 100 point scale, as does the Burgundy specialist Burghound. Decanter magazine uses a five star system and Jancis Robinson rates wines on a twenty point scale.

Robert Parker, who launched The Wine Advocate in 1978, has maintained his status as the world’s most influential wine critic, mainly due to his cores for Bordeaux wines which have the ability to move the market. With the exception of the Rhone, Parker has handed over responsibility for other regions to a growing team of colleagues. In another example of the changing status of wine critics, The Wine Spectator’s James Suckling left the magazine in 2010 after covering Bordeaux and Italy for many years. He now releases his reviews through his own website.

The idea of scoring wine at all remains controversial in certain circles, with veteran writer Hugh Johnson arguing that “taste is too various, too subtle, too evanescent, too wonderful to be reduced to a pseudo-scientific set of numbers.”

For the wines on this website,
this score is displayed like this:

99WA

ABBREVIATION

RP or WA WS MB DE GR BH JR ST JH etc

PUBLICATION / REVIEWER

Robert Parker from The Wine Advocate journal Wine Spectator magazine Michael Broadbent from The Great Vintage Wine Book Decanter magazine Gambero Rosso's journal on Italian wines Allen Meadows Burghound.com Jancis Robinson on her site Purple Pages Stephen Tanzer James Halliday, published on the WinePros website etc wine shops