Daily Wine News: The Role of Ratings

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 10-04-2018

ratingsThe Harvard Business Review delves into the role of ratings—everything from wine to Amazon product review—and wonder whether people have a bias toward giving higher rations over time. “When Robert Parker introduced his 100-point rating system for wine decades ago, the highest score he gave that year was 91 points. Now many wines each year receive perfect scores from his publication, the Wine Advocate. Similarly, in 2000 just 15% of wines rated by Wine Spectator received a score above 90. By 2015 the frequency of those scores had more than doubled: Nearly a third of all wines reviewed now receive a score above 90.”

In the Oregonian, Michael Alberty reports that California-based Copper Cane has cancelled contracts with vineyard owners in Oregon’s Rogue Valley, citing “smoke taint” from wildfires as the reason the grapes are unusable.

In Decanter, Andrew Jefford meets two pioneers of international varieties in northern Catalonia.

Tim McKirdy breaks down the pros and cons of the three-tier system in VinePair.

In Wine Enthusiast, Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen catch up with Sting about the biodynamic wines he and his wife Trudie Styler make at their Tuscany estate, Il Palagio.

Is imitation wine better than a fake? Christy Canterbury ponders the answer on Tim Atkin’s site.

At Domaine de Fondrèche, located at the foot of Mont Ventoux, Sébastien Vincenti is leading a charge of terroir-driven winemakers. Robert Camuto drops in to check it out in Wine Spectator.

Wine is coming to Disneyland, reports Liza B. Zimmerman in Wine-Searcher.


Anne Krebiehl reviews Steven Spurrier’s book, Wine—A Way of Life in the World of Fine Wine.

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