To date, Palate Press has run wine reviews without ratings. We are considering adding a rating to our wine reviews and would like to know what you, our readers, think.
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  1. Andrew Witter

    I personally like the ratings. It a good way to test your agreement or disagreement with the review and adds an element of fun, which is what wine should be about.

  2. Craig Pinhey

    As a professional reviewer, I only score wines when I am forced to, which is for competitions, and for Wine Access. If I had my druthers, then scores, stars, etc. would not exist. I already assume if you are bothering to write about a wine, you like it well enough. From there, all I care about is what it tastes like, in a nutshell (not long lists of every possible thing you might detect in the smell or taste) and data type things like price, alcohol, oak regime, acidity, RS, reductive vs oxidative, developed nose or not, stuff like that. A food reco helps too, as long as it is not too general; then it is useless.

  3. Erika Szymanski

    When I think of ratings, I think of the Westminister dog show. Is there a standard against which each type of a thing can be compared so that, even if the types are different, you can relate to how well any specimen matches their ideal? The idea of “the perfect merlot” may be relevant in some circles, but I don’t think that it’s relevant for the way most of us enjoy wine today. And how can you rate — and rank — something if there is no standard?

  4. Adrienne Turner

    Wine drinking and enjoyment is subjective. Everyone’s palate’s are different. Unfortunately I think we need need some type of grading scale and norm to grade wine on. Sort of like being in school. A,B,C,D or F.I wish I could have aced all my classes. I thought I was brilliant but my professors didn’t so I ended up w/ B’s sometimes. They set the standard and I had to abide by their rules and norms.

    Seems to me this may be a similar situation?

  5. Joe Pollack

    I don’t expect my position as a so-called contributing editor to add any weight, but I will not use any sort of numerical grading system. If I give a wine 100 points, I am saying this is the best wine of its type and I never will drink a better one. I will not paint myself into this kind of foolish corner.
    Joe Pollack

  6. Mary

    The only time a wine rating would come in handy would be if I were in a hurry and didn’t want to read the whole review. So who wants to not be read?

  7. John Kafarski

    Although effective for quick reference as to what critics “value” in a wine, I think any point system is inherently flawed. How does a 92 point Pinot Noir compare with a Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon or Gruner Veltliner with the same score? It’s not always understood that a score for a particular style or varietal of wine ranks that particular wine within its category. It’s similar to art or music – do we place point upon the works of Scarlatti, Hadyn or Bach?

    Well written reviews drive me to buy a wine and a simple write is how I “rate” wines professionally. However, in the era of point and click, scores and even these silly badges will remain the easiest way for people to understand how someone or a group feels about a particular wine.