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.
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 hasÂ 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 scoringÂ wines are chosen for the final round. These winesÂ are then reviewed at the Finals by aÂ larger panel of experts.
Our panelists rate the wines and are required to take copiousÂ notes on their impressions of the wines. These notes andÂ scores are utilized to create the final descriptions andÂ scores that are posted on our website.
How do you ever explain to an aspiring wine lover theÂ difference between an “89″ wine and aÂ ”90″ wine? The detailed notes by our panel by gender address this issue.
Affairs of the Vine would prefer not to do “wine byÂ numbers” ratings but you, the consumers, and the wineÂ industry requested scores as well as our recommendationsÂ ”from the heart.” Our heart references are asÂ follows:
= Love at First Sip
= An Affair to Remember
= Will Provide Fond Memories
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