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The Crucial Element of Wine Quality You Never Hear About

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

There are many components of wine quality. Most are well-known to wine enthusiasts: color, balance, intensity, structure, length, complexity, ageability, for example. But one aspect, perhaps the one which most separates very good wine from great, and great from insanely great, is rarely talked about, even among winemakers and critics.

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Wine Ratings: Judging Appearance

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

The way a wine looks can tell you quite a bit about it, including how old it may be, whether it’s from a cool or warm climate and if it may have been aged in oak. That’s all useful in blind tasting, but not relevant to scores. The factors critics do consider are clarity, brightness, color, color depth and uniformity.

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Wine Reviews - What's the point of points?

Wine Ratings: What's the Point and Should You Pay Attention?

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

Whether you call them ratings, scores, or points, wine "grading" isn't going away any time soon. But you can, and should, use the information to your benefit. In Part 1 of my two-part series, I'll explain why rating systems were created, how various types of publications approach tastings differently and why reviewers don’t always agree with each other.

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