How many blogs have been written about the 100 point rating scale? Probably hundreds. How would you rate them? On average, I’d give them an 85. The main arguments that make sense (if you dislike the system) are that 1) it really comes down to a 10 point scale and 2) the ratings tend to cluster around 87-88 for the vast majority of wines.
So what’s the point?
This is what has led me to devise an all-new rating scale that addresses these pressing issues and actually pinpoints, with amazing exactitude, what each number on the scale means!
I share it with you in the spirit of the holidays, at no charge. Your enduring gratitude is the only thanks I need. So, here goes....
Introducing, the 10 Point Bo Derek-inspired Wine Rating System.
Like all good systems, it actually over-delivers (there are 11 possible scores, not just 10). Each number specifically relates to a detailed overview of the wine being scored. It works for all wines – red, white, pink, dry, sweet, sparkling, you name it. And best of all, it’s so simple, even your 6 year old child can begin rating wines (watered down, of course) in preparation for an exciting career as a full-blown wine critic!
The points, and their meaning:
0 – undrinkable plonk
1 – only to be drunk when alone, preferably on a desert island
2 – has one redeeming feature (eg. cheap, buzz-worthy, or free)
3 – will do if it cost less than $5
4 – pretty much all corporate, line-priced, animal/truck/dress etc. wines get a 4
5 – the exception to 4 – it tastes like [yellowtail] only better
6 – the wine is varietal, reasonably balanced, and worth what you paid for it
7 – the wine is a clever blend of many grapes, but with style and distinction
8 – the wine is a top tier varietal or blend, from a prestigious AVA, but over-priced for its quality
9 – the wine rocks, and you don’t care what it is; you just want more
10 – you immediately buy a case after drinking the first bottle
Monday, November 14, 2011