What Do Wine Ratings Mean Anyway?

By on Thursday, March 21st, 2013

The Wall Street Journal recently ran a column wondering where all the 80-point wines were hiding and why people weren’t drinking them. The reporter, Lettie Teague, spoke with several wine critics and shop owners and found that if a wine didn’t score 90-plus points, it was less likely to sell. Moreover, if a critic put a high score on a wine the critic was more likely to get marketed. However, that didn’t mean wines with a B grade should be ignored. In fact, famous wine critic Robert Parker admitted that he had many B wines in his collection. Unfortunately, we now have a 100-point scale where only the top 10 points matter. Be sure to read the entire WSJ column.

Written by Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Hitched, a service and lifestyle online magazine for married couples. When Steve is not not researching or dispensing relationship information, he's reading, eating or marrying flavors together in the kitchen.

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