Change to scoring approach

Regular readers will know that I have used a couple of scoring methodologies over the years. Initially, I rated wines out of 10, then I moved to a 100 point scale, which I have used for the last 18 or so months.

Increasingly, I have found that I am being asked to evaluate and be examined on wines using the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) systematic approach, which identifies wine quality by the descriptions of "faulty", "poor", "acceptable", "good", "very good" and "outstanding". And increasingly, I am finding that this approach to quality identification sits more comfortably and accurately with my descriptions of, and how I actually feel about, the wine. It is perhaps therefore a better method for me to communicate my thoughts on the quality of a wine. It is also more consistent with my ethos that the commentary is more important than the score.

So, therefore, I think a change is in order. For the last few wine reviews, and going forward, I am going to trial using the WSET systematic approach for identifications of quality. If you are in violent or preferably non-violent agreement or objection, please let me know.

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  1. I'm normally a lurker, and about to do the WSET course, so it works for me.

  2. I'd like to see the more widespread adoption of Dave Brookes naked squaw rating scale: :)

    Seriously though, go with whatever rating scale you like methinks - its ultimately just an expression of your own context anyway. I actually prefer scores (more tangible and definitive) but each to their own.

    Keep up the good work.

  3. Cheers, thanks guys.

    AG - too funny :) Agree with your thoughts regarding ratings as an expression of own context. I really don't mind numerical scores either, to be honest. I'm really just trialling using the WSET approach, as I'm tasting so many wines using it at the moment, and I think it puts things into categories nicely.



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