The Weekly Wine Journal reviews wines, wine makers, wine bars and wine events. If you would like to be reviewed please contact me.
My name is Tim, I am the owner/writer and chief bottle washer, I sometimes have guest writers, if you would like to write, please contact me
Why am I doing this? I love to write and I love wine. Simple as that. I love the stories behind the wines, I love the technical information. I love getting out in the world and sharing my experiences.
How do I conduct the wine reviews?
As of January 2011 I have started using a point system based on Wine Spectator’s 100 point scale:
- 95-100 Classic: a great wine
- 90-94 Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style
- 85-89 Very good: a wine with special qualities
- 80-84 Good: a solid, well-made wine
- 75-79 Mediocre: a drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
- 50-74 Not recommended
Some of the wines are purchased with my own hard earned money and some are samples sent from the winery. I will make note of it. If you are a vineyard/winery/winemaker and would like your wine reviewed contact me. I cannot guarantee that I will review all the wines I receive.
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 do not taste thousands of wines a year mainly because of the cost but also I 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.
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