Good Morning Gentle Readers,
1 Wine Dude has a fascinating interview with Robert Parker, who is easily the most recognized and most criticized wine critic in the world. Although I sometimes don't agree, I tend to fall into the camp that looks favorably upon the wisdom of Robert Parker.
He has been described as a great equalizer of wine, liberating it from an era of poor quality offerings pushed onto the market at unfairly high prices; he has also been vilified as creating a market of “international style” wines crafted by winemakers attempting to solicit high scores from his reviews, at the expense of regional uniqueness and a sense of place in their wines.
My only quibble with Robert Parker is that his 100 point wine scoring review scale (where everyone automatically gets 50 points to start) is really a 15 point wine scoring review scale. Why is that you ask, Gentle Reader? Because anything below a score of 85 is sink-pouring and undrinkable. And seriously, where does Night Train, Cisco, and Wild Irish Rose rank on the 100 point scale?
This is a minor quibble, I realize. However, it is also why TWC established his own wine scoring review scale (which he rarely to never invokes).
The TWC rating scale loosely works like this:
- 96-100 Perfect
- 93-95 Superb! Wow!
- 91-92 Excellent Wine-Often is Special Occasion Wine
- 88-90 Drinkable Every Day Wine
- 85-87 You Pay Your Money & You Take Your Chances (likely plonk)
- 75-85 Boone's Farm
- 0-75 Thunderbird & Night Train
Tip of the glass to Wine Harlots