WineRatings+

Solutions for the Wine Spectator WineRatings+ app

How does Wine Spectator taste and evaluate wines for its ratings?
Wine Spectator editors review more than 15,000 wines each year in blind tastings, providing scores, tasting notes and drink recommendations. We set stringen...
Mon, 4 Aug, 2014 at 3:00 PM
What do your wine scores mean?
Ratings reflect how highly our editors regard each wine relative to other wines in its category and are based on potential quality—how good we expect the wi...
Mon, 4 Aug, 2014 at 3:00 PM
What does BT or barrel tasting mean?
Finished wines, reviewed from bottle in blind tastings, are given a single score. For some types of wines, such as Bordeaux, which is sold as futures, Wine ...
Mon, 4 Aug, 2014 at 3:00 PM
What is the release price included in your wine reviews?
Almost every wine features a Release Price, which is the suggested retail price upon first release—the price a consumer will typically pay at a retail store...
Mon, 4 Aug, 2014 at 3:00 PM
What is the current auction price displayed in your reviews?
Many collectible wines—wines that may age well and appreciate in value over time—display auction prices, which reflect the average price for which the wine ...
Tue, 16 Sep, 2014 at 6:12 PM
What is a "drink recommendation" or "drinking window"?
Based on a taster’s years of experience with this type of wine, the drink window suggests when the wine is likely to be at its best. It typically covers a r...
Mon, 4 Aug, 2014 at 3:00 PM
What does "drink now" mean?
“Drink now” means that the taster doesn’t believe this wine will improve with any additional bottle age, and will be most enjoyable when it still has its yo...
Mon, 4 Aug, 2014 at 3:00 PM
What are the initials at the end of the tasting notes?
Each review carries the initials of the Wine Spectator editor who blind-tasted and scored the wine and wrote the review, based on the regional specializatio...
Mon, 4 Aug, 2014 at 3:00 PM
Some of your wine reviews include a Special Designation. What does this mean?
In each issue of Wine Spectator magazine, our editors select wines with special qualities. Called Special Designations, their choices are highlighted in the...
Mon, 4 Aug, 2014 at 3:00 PM
Some of your wine reviews include a Top 100 year and rank. What does this mean?
Every year since 1988, Wine Spectator has compiled a list of the most exciting wines we’ve reviewed over the past 12 months. These 100 wines reflect signifi...
Mon, 4 Aug, 2014 at 3:00 PM