Wine Ratings

Rating wines

Rating wines

To assist people in choosing wines that I have reviewed, I am including a 5 star wine rating scale, starting today, July 6, 2014.  This Ordinal Scale is the most appropriate I feel for grading wines, rather than the 100 point scale that other reviewers use.  I have many problems with the 100 point scale, starting with the fact that the scale starts at 50, and there is no agreement upon all users to the characteristics of a 50 point wine.

My Rating Scale

  1. Poor or faulty – may not show any grape character, may be very unbalanced, may have a wine fault such as being corked. Not a recommended wine by me. 1 Stars
  2. Acceptable – a wine that has some grape character, but no real structure, or interesting feature. 2 Stars
  3. Good – a straight forward wine to enjoy.  It shows grape character and some structure, whether from tannins and/or acidity, but is not overly complex. 3 Stars
  4. Very good – A wine that shows good fruit flavour characteristics, is very balanced between fruit/acidity/tannins/sugar (differences between red/white/sparkling/fortified wines), has good structure and longer length, and possible aging potential. 4 Stars
  5. Outstanding – everything from a ‘very good’ wine, but also has some special characteristics, which could include minerality, superb balance and length, typicity of place, excellent aging potential, and/or other character that really makes this wine different and stand out from the rest of the wines. 5 Stars

I do give half points as well for the wines.  If you would like to find out more about wine rating scales, you can read my past post on this topic.

Drink Good Wine. That is my motto and I really want to help you drink good wine. What is good wine? That can be a different thing for each people. Some people prefer red wines. Some only like Cabernet Sauvignon. MyWinePal was started by Karl Kliparchuk, WSET. I spent many years with the South World Wine Society as the President and then cellar master. I met many great wine makers. I love to travel around the world, visiting wine regions and sharing my passion for food & wine with you. Come live vicariously through me, and enjoy all my recommended wines.

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