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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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How Critics Approach Wines They Review

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

How do critics avoid being caught up in the immediate deliciousness of wines and evaluate them objectively? This seems a simple question, but there are many parts to the answer.

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Wine Ratings: What Do They Mean and How Do I Use Them?

by Fred Swan - Guest Blogger

In Part 1 of my two-part series, “Wine Ratings: What's the Point and Should You Pay Attention?”, I explained why rating systems were created, how various types of publications approach tastings differently, and why reviewers don’t always agree with each other. In Part 2, we’ll take a look at the 100-point scoring system and how to evaluate wine ratings in the context of your own palate and wine preferences.

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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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