The Weekly Wine Journal reviews wines, wine makers, wine bars and wine events.
What rating system is used
As of January 2014, a point system loosely based on Wine Spectator’s 100 point scale will be used:
- 95-100 Classic: a truly great wine
- 90-94 Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style
- 85-89 Good: a decent wine.
- 80-84 Just OK: a drinkable wine.
- <84 Not very good, not recommended
I subscribe to the idea that it is important to consume the entire bottle to get a true idea of all the aspects of the wine. Though maybe not all in one night! I don’t taste thousands of wines a year mainly because of the cost but also because we prefer to taste less wine, but taste more of it. Less is more? I like to review each wine at least twice, sometimes wines can taste different depending on mood, presentations, factors not directly attributable to the wine itself. And I also like to see how the wine is aging.
Special attention is taken to ensure that the wines are stored and tested at the correct temperatures. Wines are decanted, though I always take the first sip right after opening the bottle, and then subsequent samples are taken at regular intervals throughout the analysis which is usually spread over 3-6 hours and then again 24 hours later.
The wines we review are a mix of personal purchases and winery provided review samples. If you are a vineyard/winery/winemaker and would like your wine reviewed contact us. I can’t guarantee that we will review all the wines we receive but every effort will be made to provide feedback.
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