Wine Shootouts

Affairs of the Vine’s wine review process is unique within the wine industry.

Our tasting panels are comprised of retail, restaurant and wine trade professionals, wine makers and writers, consumers and Affairs of the Vine staff. We believe our tasting panels are the most diverse and well rounded in the industry.
Wine Shootouts
All wines are tasted blind.

The wines are reviewed in a series of tastings.

The judges for the preliminary rounds consist of a core group from the final panel. The preliminary tastings are limited to32 wine per day, four flights (8 wines per flight). Each wine is judged on its own merit and not judged against other wines in the flight.

If the panel finds that a wine is corked or has other questionable characteristics, that bottle will be slated for a future tasting. This process recognizes that there can be cork problems or bottle variation and allows the wine to shine through.

Scores and notes are collated.

Once the preliminary tastings are completed, the top scoring wines are chosen for the final round. These wines  are then reviewed at the Finals by a larger panel of experts.

Our panelists rate the wines and are required to take copious notes on their impressions of the wines. These notes and scores are utilized to create the final descriptions and scores that are posted on our website.

How do you ever explain to an aspiring wine lover the difference between an “89” wine and a “90” wine? The detailed notes by our panel by gender address this issue.

Affairs of the Vine would prefer not to do “wine by numbers” ratings but you, the consumers, and the wine industry requested scores as well as our recommendations “from the heart.” Our heart references are as follows:

heartheartheartheart = Love at First Sip

heartheartheart= An Affair to Remember

heartheart= Will Provide Fond Memories

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We welcome your input.

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