Scoring: I prefer a 10 point scale with 10 being out of this world overall value and 1 being… well you know what a 1 would mean.
Best Buys score between 9.0 – 10 points and are the type of wines that you should drop everything and run to the store and buy it by the case. The worst thing about Best Buys is that they are most often in short supply or are a ‘one-time buy’, so if you want some you have to act fast.
Over Delivers is given to a wine that scores between 7.5 and 8.9 points. Like Best Buys, these wines are often in short supply, however there are a greater number of them that are available year round.
Good Drop wines are those that score between 6.0 and 7.4 points. They offer pretty good value for the money. There are lots of these and many come from big brands.
Dead Average wines score between 5.0 and 5.9 points. In a pinch these will do, but there are likely better options. Whoever priced these wines did a good job as they are a fair price, but who wants a fair deal when you can get a great deal?
Waste of Wine this the label given to the worst of wines; anything that scores below 4.9 points. These are the kinds of wines where the company selling them should be paying you.
Price will usually be stated as a range as not all stores share the same price. The exceptions to this are wines that are exclusive to a particular retailer.
About the Wine are my notes on the aromas, taste, texture and finish of the wine. I will endeavour to keep this simple and straightforward, however if I do get carried away please let me know by lambasting me in the comments or via e-mail.
Value is where we bring Einstein into the equation. The value of any wine is to some extent relative to what else is out there especially when it comes to European wines where various appellation designations mean something. In other words I try to answer the question “is there any value in trading up or down to this wine and why?”
Added Value. I believe that each wine has a moment when it is at its peak and I don’t just mean ageing. What I mean is the occasion that the wine is best suited for. For example a wine maybe perfect for date night but totally fail when you have your foodie friends over. In this segment I try to outline the setting in which the wine will show best.
Service. No I’m betraying my service background because I believe there is a best way to serve each wine. Should if breathe? What temperature should it be served at? Any particular food pairing that makes the world a better place for even just a moment? That is what I talk about here.
Grapes is the section where I outline what grapes went into the wine. I’m not going to get too dorky and give you percentages, but if you really want to know them or acidity levels, pH and RS, then feel free to ask me in the comments.
Store Section is simply the section of the store that you will find this wine. Most stores still use the regional layout so I will simply note the country of origin.
Appellation. If there is a designated appellation for the wine here is where I will note it. If not I won’t include it in the review.
Availability. This is the tricky one. I will do my damnedest to determine exactly who carries it, however right now I’m not connected into every one of the 800+ retail shops in the province… soon come I hope. I will, however, note who I know has it at the time of writing. It’s a good idea to check with your local store(s) for actual availability and the vintage. Having said that I’m happy to do the dirty work, so if you want to find out if a store in your neighbourhood actually has it, let me know in the comments and I will do my best to find out for you within 24 hours.
I think that about covers it for now so I will bid you good reading and may quality be ever in your glass.
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