Blind Reviews

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.

Wine truths

“Wine is the most civilized thing in the world.”
by Ernest Hemingway

Wine Ratings

★☆☆☆☆ - Poor quality. Avoid. Save your money. Between 80-84 points.

★★☆☆☆ - Average quality or poor value. Between 84-88 points. Some expensive wines are downgraded for bad value.

★★★☆☆ - Good. Between 88-92 points. Or a good value on the lower end of the point scale.

★★★☆☆ - Excellent quality. Between 92-96 points. Or a cheap yet good quality wine which is excellent value.

★★★☆☆ - Outstanding, best examples in the world. Between 96 and 100 points. A perfect wine.