Change to scoring method

Regular readers may have noticed that I have decided to migrate my scoring system out of 10 to a 100 point scale.  I have done this because the 100 point system is perhaps more familiar to many.  It has been brought to my attention that many of Australia's leading wine reviewers adopt a differing interpretation of the 100 point scale than that which was pioneered by in the United States by Robert Parker, particularly in the 80 to 90 point range.  My method, while my own and formed solely by my own judgements, probably more closely resembles the Parker model.  No model is perfect.  I am proposing to trial it for 6 months and see how it goes.  My view is that scoring systems are inherently subjective, but, for a particular writer, are at least an indication of really how enjoyable they found a wine, and consistently applied serves a purpose.*

To convert between the scales, essentially multiply by 10 and add 15. The addition of 15 is because it seemed unfair to be giving perfectly good wines that I have given a 6.7 only 67 points, incorrectly suggesting a poor wine.  It makes sense to include both scores for a while.

A conversion table from the old to new systems is as follows:

Just passable to Fine: 5 to 6.4 = 50 to 79

Good: 6.5 to 6.9 = 80 to 84

Very good: 7 to 7.4 = 85 to 89

Extremely good: 7.5 to 7.9 = 90 to 94

Outstanding: 8+ = 95+

* My original post has been edited in view of reader feedback.
Wine Thoughts
March 9, 2011

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