Review and Rating Process

OUR REVIEWS

Important Categories Evaluated

  • Quality of Wines: Accolades, Variety

  • Wine Club Prices: Cost and Choices

  • Educational Value: Newsletters, Website

  • Presentation: Wines and Packaging

  • Customer Satisfaction and Service

  • Members Savings and Benefits

SUMMARIES AND IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS

OUR RATING TECHNIQUE

96-100 Points = Extraordinary Superior Quality =

93-95 Points = Highly Recommended =

90-92 Points = Excellent Way Above Average =

88-89 Points = Very Good =

85-87 Points = Average to Good =

80-85 Points = Disappointing a best =

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INDIVIDUAL AND CATEGORY RATINGS

The 100-point wine rating system has become the benchmark of quality in the wine industry. If you have ever looked around for good value ’90-point’ wine, then you have used ratings. The system does rate some aspects of wine quite well, including production quality, but there are a few inconsistencies that you should know about in order to shop smart. 

 

See how wine ratings work, know their shortcomings, get a few pragmatic solutions that will improve how you buy wine. 

A Pragmatic Approach to Wine Ratings
How Wine Ratings Came to Be

Wine Ratings were first popularized in the 1980’s by one writer who went against the grain to rate wines for consumers. His name was Robert Parker. Today, Parker is the most recognized wine critic and his 100-point system is generally considered the standard scale by which the

critics rate wine. 

 

Wine Ratings Explained

Wine ratings don’t necessarily indicate how delicious a wine is. Instead, wines are scored based on production quality and typicity.

Typicity is how much the traits of a particular wine ‘typify’ the style and region it’s from. 

 
The 100-point Scale
 
How Wine Ratings Are Like Dog Shows
  • The winning dog is the one that most typifies its breed. 

  • If a dog has unique markings or funny legs not typical for the breed, it won’t be rated as high.

 

The 100-point scale actually starts at 50 points (and some raters never include wines below 80):

96-100 Points = Extraordinary Superior Quality

93-95 Points = Highly Recommended

90-92 Points = Excellent Way Above Average

88-89 Points = Very Good

85-87 Points = Average to Good

80-85 Points = Disappointing a best

70-79 Points = Wines are flawed and taste average

60-69 Points = Flawed and not recommended somewhat drinkable

50-59 Points = Wines flawed and undrinkable

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WINE OF THE MONTH CLUBS reviewed

GOLD MEDAL WINE CLUB > Six clubs - 89pts to 93+ rating

CLUB W >   2 clubs - wines for your pallet profile - 90+ rating

CALIFORNIA WINE CLUB > 4 clubs - 88 pts to 90+ rating

WINE OF THE MONTH CLUB >   Est 1990 - 89pt rating

PLONK WINE CLUB > Eco-friendly,  introductory 89+ rating

WSJ WINE CLUB >   Best for Party Wines 89+ rating

CELLARS WINE CLUBS > 87pt- inexpensive wines

VINESSE WINE CLUB > 86+ Second label wines

AMAZING WINE CLUBS > 40+ gourmet clubs - 87pt wine club

INT'L WINE OF THE MONTH CLUB > 90+ solid on all fronts

CALIFORNIA REDS WINE CLUB > 88+