The Point Rating System

Critics Method of Judging Wines

Keep in mind we all have different likes and dislikes whether it be in food, clothing, drinks and the way we live our life. Even the number of taste buds we have is not the same in each person. Some have more and others less so some flavors and odors are more pronounced to some people and may cause them to be very sensitive to salts, excessive spices and strong perfumed scents for example.


Now with that said lets apply this knowledge to wines. A handful of people taste wines and use a rating point system that defines the quality of a wine. Some of these experts are more in tune with certain wines like hearty reds or whites. You may decide to try one they rated as a 90 plus and be disappointed. Donít be upset by this. Remember their tastes will differ from yours. The best way, for your own taste buds, is to read a description of what itís about, how it tastes, where the grapes were grown, fermented and bottled. If all this including the price sounds good then try it.


I once had a pricy bottle of a French white that tasted so bad we could not drink it. Three other people tasted the same wine in separate locations. We all came to the same conclusion and made the same statement as to what it tasted like which I canít repeat here. Iím willing to bet that someone thought this horrid tasting wine was actually good.


The points start at 96 to 100: An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find, purchase, and consume.


90-95: An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, these are terrific wines.


80-89: A barely above average to very good wine displaying various degrees of finesse and flavor as well as character with no noticeable flaws.


70-79: An average wine with little distinction except that it is soundly made. In essence, a straightforward, innocuous wine.


60-69: A below average wine containing noticeable deficiencies, such as excessive acidity and/or tannin, an absence of flavor, or possibly dirty aromas or flavors.


50-59: A wine deemed to be unacceptable.


Wine Making Marketplace- Books and Equipment


Wine making is a craft or art that can be simple and yield great pleasure if you have the knowledge and tools.A typical wine making operation requires presses, holding tanks, some filtration, testing equipment, fermentation tanks, storage barrels and filling machines. There are other problems that arise durig the process which could prove to be disasterous to your wine. Do you need to also grow your own grapes. Absolutely not but we have found some experts who published information books on growing grapes, not just grapes but excellent grapes. We also have a few books listed below from skilled professionals on how to make a great wine.


My grandfather made his own wine and yes he had presses, small fermenting tanks and oak barrels to store and age the wine but he didn't grow his grappes. He went to a local farmers market in Paterson, NJ. where railroad cars would come filled with wine grapes. He tasted different winery grapes, made notes then ordered cases of red and white grape. You can also buy grapes from local markets or if you live near wine producing areas, from the farms. Wine is increasing in popularity so the availabllity of equipment will be on the rise. One company we know of is in Clifton, NJ called Corrados. They can sell you wine making equipment.

Here are some downloadable eBooks on making wine and growing grapes.

The Total Wine System is A Complete Step-by-Step System With 3 eBooks and 1 Audio Book. Everything From Grape Growing to Harvesting Grapes to Making Your Own Homemade Wine. Our Free 10 Part Mini e-course Will Show You How-to Create Your Own Homemade Wine! This course comes from an experienced professional who has been growing grapes and making wine for over 22 years. Go here to see his offer The total Wine Making System


If you want to grow your own grapes this eBook is a perfect guide giving the A through Z on growing the perfect grapes. The author has included every detail you need to including how often to water your plants. Sunlight, water and soil conditions all play a major role in the quality of the fruit. go here to see this eBook Grow Better Grapes! Your Guide to Sweet Success


The ultimate Fruit Winemaker's Guide is a total guide to the industry. Here you cn learn all about making fruit wines. for home or for larger scale production as a business. This guide gives an overview of the industry, Recipes, wine making techniques, tasting and judging, marketing, business managing in the industry and a list of buyers and importers. In additon he offers for free, a list of items including help to enter the industry. This is quite an impressive offer, especially for anyone thinking about getting into the industry. There's always room for another great wine on a table. Go here to see this great offer The ultimate Fruit Winemaker's Guide


This course for making wine is the most complete comprehensive offer available. The author spent years working on developing wine making methods. His eBooks and videos in additon to seminars given have been instructing people for over 20 years to make wine. The course deals strictly with wine making so you concentrate on making a great wine by the book. In addition to ebooks there are videos and 10 free bonuses including where to get grapes, getting your fruit for free, How to make hard Cider, Champagne and sparkling wines and more. go here to see this course. Start making your own great wine. The Complete Illustrated Guide to Homemade Wine