The Rating System

My rating system is based on one thing. My wallet. There is a lot of wine out there. A lot of it is good (or at least good enough). So the clearest way for me to share my thoughts is with my dollars. Will I buy them again or not? So with that I have come up with is a two tiered system.  One for wines on the value end of the scale say $12 or less and another for those that I am expecting quite a bit more from.

 For those that are on the value side there will be five categories:

  • Bulk Buy
    • The top ranking.  This means that I am (or already) have bought mutliple bottles of this wine.  Generally speaking, based on how full the wine rack is, that will mean anywhere from 4 bottles to a case.  In addition, as I am drinking these bottles I am actively looking to replace them.
  • Buy It
    • This means I will grab another bottle of this next time I am buying some wine.  These are wines that I enjoyed and always want to replace the bottle I just finished.
  • 12th Bottle
    • Sometimes a wine is good but not necessarily good enough to warrant buying again. After all there is a lot of wine out there to try! That said should the stars align this may find its way back into my glass. This usually happens when I am sitting there with 8 or 9 bottles in my cart and looking to round out the case. With that in mind the 12th Bottle designation has been born. That said it has long been a troubling one term and is likely in need of a makeover…
  • Skip It 
    • These are wines that I didn’t particularly care for but found drinkable.  Perhaps someone else may be able to appreciate them but they weren’t for me.  Could be this is a varietal that I don’t particularly care for or maybe I think it is an average wine at a fair price but would rather search for something else than spend my time with another bottle.
  • Avoid It
    • These wines are ones that I simply would not buy nor would I likely take them from someone for free either.  I will use this rating sparingly.

For those that are a bit more up the pricing scale:

  • Cellar It
    • These are wines that I am very impressed with, will go out of my way to find and am digging deep to find enough money for a half case or so for the cellar.
  • Wow!
    • These are wines that I thought were worth the money.  When am I likely to buy them again?  At a restaurant, for a special occassion or if I feel it is time to spoil myself!
  • Pricey
    • These are wines that were good, but not necessarily good enough to stretch your wine budget for.  If someone served them to me again I wouldn’t be disappointed but chance are I won’t be opening my wallet to get another bottle.
  • Not for Me
    • This is personal, so in a lot of cases it could be that I don’t care for the varietal.  Any expensive Merlot or Chardonnay may end up in this bucket.  Ala Skip It (above), these are wines that I didn’t particularly care for but I was able to see how someone else could.
  • Rip Off!
    • This means even if you have more money than you know what to do with, save it!  I think I have had one expensive bottle like this in my entire life so hopefully it will never be used!
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10 thoughts on “The Rating System

  1. I have tried a Viognier Reserve in Williamsburg.
    It was everything they said, like a pinapple upside down cake.
    I could call out the fruit flavors.
    Can this usually be said about Viogniers?

  2. Sterling Cabernet 2007 ORGANIC at Trader Joe’s NOW! Yikes a great everyday Cabernet at 1/3 rd the market price and in very limited availability. Ready $4.99 ,,,, Yes $4.99 not $15, This is a delightful surprise Cabernet from Mendocino. Hurry won’t be around long!!

    Jerry K

  3. Try the Genisis Cabernet from Hogue Cellars, now available in California. Rated 88 Points by WS it is a great value at $6.99. Velvet Tannins full bodied. In the bottle 27 months this ’06 is one of the best from Washington State.!

  4. I really like your consumer based rating scale. I would like to use this as I talk about it to my friends and colleagues. How best should I give your credit?

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