Wine Ratings: Blessing or Curse?



By John ~ January 18th, 2008.

As you will see if you read the Wine Ratings page of this blog, we believe that ratings are a necessity for the wine consumer to be able to consistently make wise and enjoyable purchases. Used properly, we believe ratings are definitely a blessing and not a curse.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of wine reviews and ratings only discuss quality, not value. A couple of notable exceptions, in addition to the reviews in this blog, are Dr. Debs’ blog, Good Wine Under $20, and Neil Monnens in his subscription service, the Wine Blue Book. Dr. Debs rates wines that she reviews in one of four QPR (quality-to-price ratio) categories: excellent, very good, good, and poor. On the other hand, Neil Monnens does not review wines himself but rather uses a purely quantitative method for taking the average rating of a wine rated by at least two of the major professional ratings services and then computes a QPR for the wine and ranks it among its contemporaries.

Here at Wine Peeps, we do both a QUALITY rating and a QPR rating on each wine that we review in order to help you get the most bang for your buck. The details of our system are spelled out on our Wine Ratings page. Leave us a comment and let us know what you think of our system and be sure to make us aware of any system that you believe might be even better. We are always learning along with you.


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