When perusing local wine shops, you will soon notice that you are bombarded with wine score, after wine score. What does a high wine score really tell you? Does a high wine score mean that a wine is definitely better than the rest? NO! For someone curious about wine, scores may feel like a safe jumping off place, but keep in-mind a few things:
- Look at your source. Local county fairs, wine magazines to novices off the street, rate wines. Look at where the wine score is coming from because some sources are more credible than others.
- Not every winery was judged. Keep in-mind that usually a small selection of wines are rated. Just because there is no score associated with a particular wine, doesn’t mean it is a lesser bottle. No score might mean that a particular wine wasn’t in the show.
- Just because a winery received a high score for one of it’s wines, doesn’t mean that all of their wines are good. It is very rare that you find a winery where you enjoy all of the wines. Often wineries will specialize in one or two varietals, while the others will be a slightly lesser quality.
- You could be paying for the score. Receiving a high score often means that wineries are able to sell their wines at a higher price. The wine hasn’t changed, just the score.
- Finally, you are the ultimate judge of what you will enjoy. Unless you were a judge on the scoring panel, use wine scores only as a guideline. If you love a wine with a score of 5 versus a wine with a score of 95, that’s fine, you are the judge. The goal is that you enjoy wine, not taste wine with the highest score. Plus as a bonus, the lower scoring wine will probably less expensive!