“What is the definition of a good wine? It should start and end with a smile.” William Sokolin [attrib.]

[RP numbers are rating points courtesy of eRobertParker.com. The Wine Advocate is the Copyright holder.]

The Wine Advocate 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 calibre are worth a special effort to find, purchase and


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 flavour as

well as character with no noticeable flaws.

70 - 79 An average wine with little distinction except that it is 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 flavour, or possibly dirty aromas or flavours.

50 - 59 A wine deemed to be unacceptable.

“Readers will often wonder what the difference is between an 86 and an 87, both very good

wines. The only answer I can give is a simple one: when tasted side by side, I thought

the 87-point wine slightly better than the 86-point wine.” Robert Parker

“Erroneously known as the 100-point scale, it actually begins at 50 - the mark which would be

given to a blend of pool water and sulphuric acid. Suddenly, a desirable new phenomenon

was born, the “90+ point” wine.” Robert Joseph, The Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Wine

[WS numbers are rating points courtesy of Wine Spectator online]

The Wine Spectator’s 100 Point Scale

95 - 100 Classic 90 - 94 Outstanding 85 - 89 Very Good

80 - 84 Good 70 - 79 Average 50 - 69 Not Recommended

[N.B. all Rating Points are the most recently recorded that we have established]

“Beer is made by man, Wine by God!” Martin Luther