How we get our Wine Club ratings and what they mean
Wine ratings are based on a 100 point scale. The numbers can be qualified in relation to school grades.
90-100 = A, 80-89 = B, 70-79 = C, 60-69 = D, and 50-59 = F. Differences between a wine rated 84 to a wine rated 85 will be small but a wine rated 90 (receiving an A grade) should be more noticeable to a wine rated 89 (receiving a B grade).
Please remember that these scores were given by professional critics and it is their interpretation of the wine. The ratings should be used along with tasting notes, and winery information as a guide to help you make informed choices. Nothing, however, can equal or replace your own palate in determining what you think is a great wine.
Wine Spectator editors review more than 12,000 wines each year in blind tastings. Every issue of Wine Spectator magazine contains from 400 to more than 1,000 wine reviews with detailed tasting notes and analysis. They set stringent standards for themselves and rely on the proven ability and experience of their editors as tasters and critics.
Robert Parker's influential bimonthly newsletter, The Wine Advocate, with more than 45,000 subscribers across the United States and in more than thirty-seven countries, exerts the single most significant influence on consumers' wine-buying habits and trends in America, Europe, and the Far East, and impacts the way wine is being made in every wine-producing country in the world, from France to Australia. Parker has been profiled in countless magazines and newspapers around the world and most of his dozen books have been best sellers in the United States and abroad.
Wine and Spirits is America's practical guide to the straightforward, enlightened enjoyment of fine wine and premium spirits. They have for 18 years served customers and marketers alike with a lively mix of wine reviews, features, profiles, food and wine pairings, new product introductions, travel pieces, history, opinion and wine business news. Editorial is focused on serving the needs of the customer, but they are well aware that this same information will also be vital to wine marketers, producers, retailers and restaurateurs. Circulation is 75,000: 71,000 paid (48,000 newsstand, 23,000 subscribers); 4,000 non-paid.
Founded in 1979, The Wine Enthusiast Companies is the world's number one source for wine accessories, storage, information, education, events and travel, and is a driving force in the marketplace. Over the last 25 years, this multi-faceted business has thrived along with America's ever expanding enchantment with wine. Wine Enthusiast Magazine has also launched an ongoing series of consumer and trade wine tasting events led by “Toast of the Town”, a spectacular fine wine and food exposition.
Stephen D. Tanzer is editor and publisher of the critically acclaimed bimonthly International Wine Cellar, an independent journal read by wine lovers in all 50 states and 28 countries, and translated into French and Japanese since 1997. Tanzer has also served as Senior Editor and wine columnist for Food & Wine magazine and wine columnist for Forbes FYI. He wrote the 1998 and 1999 editions of Food & Wine Magazine's Official Wine Guide. Tanzer samples more than 10,000 wines annually, spending several months each year tasting and discussing wines with their makers, both in the U.S. and abroad.
James Halliday is Australia's most respected wine critic and wine writer. He has written or contributed to more than 50 books on wine. He was the founder of Coldstream Hills in Victoria's Yarra Valley, and before that of Brokenwood, in the Hunter Valley. He regularly judges at wine shows both in Australia and overseas, and is an unmatched authority on all aspects of the wine industry.