As I’ve continued to post my wine blogs, I’m finding that I need to have some kind of simple rating system so that people can have a better understanding. I think it is hard for someone to just say “It’s great, go and buy it”, without some kind of rating system in place.
I envisioned a very easy system. The system should be easy to understand and you shouldn’t need comprehensive notes to follow the rating. I reviewed other people’s rating systems before I came up with my own.
I have decided on a five glass rating system…
I have created a link for you to download. My system is non technical click here.
Five glasses: The wine is excellent and is very complex and profound. You should have a Wow, this is an amazing” moment. When you drink the wine the initial taste brings you to a past place or time. When the bottle is empty it will leave you wanting more.
Four glasses: The wine is outstanding and has exceptional complexity and character. You should hum drinking the wine.
Three glasses: The wine displays varying degrees of flavor and finesse. The wine will have some character. The wine is slightly above average and still considered yummy.
Two glasses: An average wine. There will be very little distinction. The smell and taste will not be considered anything special. It’s just OK.
One glass: A poor quality wine. The wine is lacking structure, flavor, fruit or aromas. A wine drinker with an average palate will not enjoy the wine. I call this a yucky wine and I would not buy it again.
Zero glass: A wine deemed to be unacceptable. Return the bottle to the local merchant.
You should be aware that I will also consider the price of the wine while factoring in the rating system. If the price of the bottle is low and the wine is great, they should receive a higher rating. I am pretty confident that most of us wish to invest as little as possible while we enjoy great wine. I must also mention that if the price is high, while the wine is poor why would they get an excellent rating? I recognize that rating system of mine may deviate from above but I will keep the basic rules in mind regardless.
I would like you to understand that if I do rate a wine as a full “five glasses” my thoughts will be that they are the best grower or producer who may also have received high ratings from a Parker or Tanzer while having reasonable value. All of this considered, I do have to share that just because some of the wines that have been rated by the pro’s as 95+ or even 100 it is my opinion that often it as been a disservice to us as consumers. It’s pretty typical that if a particular winery has received a very high rating, they often choose to double or triple the price of their bottle.
The other reason that I may rate a wine maker, or producer a full five glass rating is because I have come to know them, like them and/or prefer the wine or style produced. I am honest enough to admit that I might be a little biased. 😉 I assure you though, the wine still has to meet my “Excellent” standards.
I also have to admit that I generally do not follow either Parker or Tanzer ratings. I strongly recommend that you follow your own set of rules. If you don’t, just go along with mine if you want.