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Wine Critic Scores...How Do They Differ?

posted by Karen Orlandi on February 14, 2009 in Wine IQ

There are many different wine critics and bloggers, all diffusing their opinions on the quality and features of the world's wine offerings. While it is impossible for us to follow them all, we do consult the following critics and we often publish scores and notes from the top 4 critics listed below.

WA - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Wine Advocate)
WS - Wine Spectator
ST - Steven Tanzer (International Wine Cellar)
BH - Allen Meadows (Burghound.com)
MB - Michael Broadbent
CC - Clive Coates

Company Research...A Tough Job, But Someone Has to Do It

posted by Bob Orlandi on October 1, 2008 in Aabalatisms

It's harvest time in Napa. We often spend our weekends tasting new wines, but visiting Napa wineries at harvest time is truly special. The smells, the activity and excitement, the yellowing of the grape leaves - it's all wonderful. Here we are at Chateau Montelena observing a crush and getting some insights on the process from one of the staff.

What Are Wine Condition Codes?

posted by Karen Orlandi on April 19, 2008 in Wine IQ

Have you ever seen odd letters in the wine description, either on our website or another's? Most likely those are condition codes, which are conveniently (mostly) universal for US and Europe. So, if you want the inside scoop on what they mean, here you go:






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