A Comment On My Wine Rating System – James Melendez

I take my ratings seriously and take a judicious view of my wine ratings and each bottle I review.

My ratings reflect a realistic view of wine.  Not all wines are equal.  If they were we would most likely have many fewer labels.  There is a sense that wine “A” is better than wine “B” or vice versa.  There is a need to distinguish between bottles of the same varietal or category.

A rating system is helpful to discover wines that are both well produced and have an outstanding vintage as well as a way to compare prices between wine of the same varietal, vintage and appellation.   This can be a way to select the desired wine as well as to discover outstanding wines.

I believe my wine ratings be judicious and conservative.  Conservative in the sense that I do not penalize a wine varietal, appellation or wine making tradition on an absolute level and in fact probably can bring consistency across the board by understanding those differences.

I do not review a wine in terms of a favored style as that would give unfavorable and unrealistic ratings for the wines that I do review.  I balance out the review by looking at the varietal, blend, appellation, style and vintage as a set of facts unto themselves.  Hence each wine is certainly rated on it’s own merit.

I decided some time ago to use a 10 point scale to distinguish from the 100 point scale– and in doing so was a point of departure and it was also to not confuse readers that if I used the 100 point scale.  That there might have been a thought that a 92 rating would be equivalent to another wine reviewers number.

A wine rating can only have integrity if it is utilized with respect and a conservative approach.  And the wine reviewer must be careful and conservative when  utilizing their own system.  After all the goal is to give bonafide scores based on merit and to preserve the overall view of the rating on an ongoing basis.

My rating system being a 10.0 scale can be seen in the logarithmic sense.  The majority of my published reviews are in the 8.5 to 9.6 range.  Each decimal point going towards 10.0 is increasingly difficult to achieve and hence there are fewer each decimal point.  I have only to date rated one wine 9.6.  And over time, I am estimated this number will increase but only rarely.  There are 9.7 to 10.0 wines to come.

I have seen a number of review systems that have a high placement of very high ratings–in a sense not every wine is a 100 or 10.0 and in fact those are extraordinary and quite rare wines.  My review system should not be reviewed in the school grading system either.  And as example– a 9.5 is not simply a review between 9.4 and 9.6 rather it is on a logarithmic distance between each number.

I also don’t assign points for qualities such as alcohol, acid, aroma, flavor, etc. because an over emphasis in this scenario is too rigid and would perhaps punish one wine in one appellation or perhaps be judged on the merits of another instead of it’s own right.

I believe that my system has been consistent over time and the distribution of wine reviews has and will continue to demonstrate that integrity.



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About James Melendez

I love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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1 Response to A Comment On My Wine Rating System – James Melendez

  1. SnireeDer says:

    oh yeah, one more thing I like to show off my uncomfortable movement I have read a good joke in internet 😉 Why did the chicken cross the playground? To get to the other slide.

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