We do our best to only give a star-rating (out of 5) to those wines that we can taste blind. Being a team of two, however, it’s likely that one of us knows what’s in the flight, so there can be a bit of bias. When possible, we’ll more heavily favor the opinion of the taster that knows no details of the wine in the flight.
As for the rating system, we are not afraid of giving a wine 1-star. If you read many wine reviews in the paper, in magazines, or online, you’ll often see no scores less than 80 pts out of 100. Why is this? Well, anything that scores less than this probably won’t make it to market, or will be blended into a cheap table wine (< $10).
Since the market already filters out those wines less than 80 pts, we’re rating on a scale of 1-5 to help you select from what is available on the market.