How do you rate a wine?
Wine Ratings (or Wine Scores) are a rating system, usually on a scale that reaches to 100 points, with 100 being the best. There are also systems that only go to 5 or to 10.
In case you were wondering here are a few rating systems from known publications. The ratings may be based on the experiences of experts, but that does not mean you will like a 99 point wine more than an 89 point wine since your taste preference might be different. The tasting notes that often accompany the ratings can be helpful though in getting a feel of what the wine may taste like.
Wine Enthusiast Rating System
Classic 98-100: The pinnacle of quality.
Superb 94-97: A great achievement.
Excellent 90-93: Highly recommended.
Very Good 87-89: Often good value; well recommended.
Good 83-86: Suitable for everyday consumption; often good value.
Acceptable 80-82: Can be employed in casual, less-critical circumstances.
Wines receiving a rating below 80 are not reviewed.
Wine Advocate (Robert Parker) Rating System
96-100: An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find, purchase, and consume.
90 - 95: An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, these are terrific wines.
80 - 89: A barely above average to very good wine displaying various degrees of finesse and flavor as well as character with no noticeable flaws.
70 - 79: An average wine with little distinction except that it is a soundly made. In essence, a straightforward, innocuous wine.
60 - 69: A below average wine containing noticeable deficiencies, such as excessive acidity and/or tannin, an absence of flavor, or possibly dirty aromas or flavors.
50 - 59: A wine deemed to be unacceptable.
Wine Spectator Rating System
95-100: Classic; a great wine
90-94: Outstanding; a wine of superior character and style
85-89: Very Good; a wine with special qualities
80-84: Good; a solid, well-make wine
70-79: Average; a drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
60-69: Below average; drinkable but not recommended
50-59: Poor, undrinkable; not recommended
Wine Dine Tv Rating System
4.9-5: Superb Dream wine
4.5-4.8: Great wine
4.0-4.4: Pretty Good wine
3.5-3.9: Good; a solid, well-make wine
3.0-3.4: Average; a drinkable wine
Below 2.9, we wont talk about it, but perhas it will end up in a stew.