Archive for the ‘Rating Wine’ Category

Jul 20, 2015

Wine Competitions and the Ethical Conundrum

At a wine competition the award that every winery wants to win is the “Sweepstakes” Award. Sometimes it is called the “Chairman’s Award. In short, these awards are given to the single best red, white, rose, sparkling and dessert wine. Many red wines may get a gold or even a “double gold” award, but only one is awarded the “Sweepstakes Red” Award. Sweepstakes Awards are determined by all the judges at the competition on the basis of a vote. Throughout…

Jul 15, 2015

How To Pair Wine With Red Herring

“A rating, while striving to communicate the quality differences among wines, can’t tell you if one wine or another is better in different circumstances. In fact, a lower rated wine considered far more simple than a higher rated wine, might be a far better wine in a particular circumstance.” This is what I’ve heard for 25 years as people criticize wine ratings. The criticism is that a wine rating can’t forecast the quality of a wine in any given circumstance….

Jun 16, 2015

If You Only Read One Wine Book This Year

Matt Kramer’s latest book (really not more than a long, concise, finely argued essay) is subversive. While at once a bare knuckled take down of the now well established “flavor-descriptor-as-tasting-note” mode of wine review, True Taste: The Seven Essential Wine Words is also a manifesto for the return to values, judgment and discernment in both wine writing and wine reviewing. And it is a book that every wine writer, every wine industry participant and every true wine aficionado needs to read…

Mar 24, 2015

Robert Parker is Wrong—He’s Not Part of the Problem

Robert Parker, Jr. is wrong. He’s not “part of the problem” In an interview with Drinks Business, Mr. Parker lamented the fact that the world’s most coveted wines are so expensive: “The influential wine critic said that the rising prices of top labels from leading fine wine regions was a ‘problem and a concern’, particularly for the ‘younger generation’, which is being put off the category by the high cost of trying its best products.” Yes, many of the world’s…

Mar 6, 2015

Jumping the Shark in the Wine World

Baseball’s spring training is upon us and every respectable baseball geek knows what that means: Preparing for the draft of your fantasy baseball team. It’s a simple game. You draft a team with other geeks also drafting their team and you gain points throughout the season as the players you drafted perform well. It got me thinking. Is there any reason there couldn’t be a Wine Fantasy League? It works like this: 1. 25 Wine Geeks per League 2. In…