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Rating Wine

Wine ratings are highly subjective territory.  I’m a big believer that a wine is good if you like it. It all depends on your palate.  My zippy acidity might be your Kryptonite. Your jammy fruit-bomb might be my migraine in a bottle.  Just because I like a wine, doesn’t mean you will, too.  And vice versa.

As much as I’d like to get away from the 100 point scale for rating wine, I “grew up” with that scale, and now it’s how I think about and mentally evaluate wine.  To appeal to those of us who are visual learners, I use these fancy stars along with the ratings.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ = An EXTRAORDINARY, mind-blowing, toe-curling wine (95+).
⭐⭐⭐⭐ = An EXCELLENT, Holy Cow wine (90-94).
⭐⭐⭐ = A VERY GOOD, Mmmm-aaaah wine (85-89).
⭐⭐= A GOOD wine . . . not a great wine (80-84).
⭐= An AVERAGE, meh wine (75-79).
😝 = FAIL.  Palate-violating wine (⬇75).


Armchair Sommelier Wine Tasting Guide

Spice up your next party with our wine tasting guide! Learn what to look, smell, and taste for while appreciating your favorite bottle. We’ve also included a printable tasting notes template and a tasting wheel.