Sunday, August 21, 2011

Wine Ratings

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A recent piece by San Francisco Chronicle Wine Editor, Jon Bonné, on wine ratings prompted me to re-think the subject of wine criticism. My thoughts are pretty simple and short.

I find top wine critics' reviews a form of voyeurism. More often than not the tasting notes convey little, if any, factual information or insights that make a reader smarter and more skilled in discerning the quality of wine. Instead, their notes and ratings seduce and titillate, doing nothing more than create a dependency on their ratings.

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