3/30/2009

'Whore Score' Broken Down

Posted by The Wine Whore |

Wine Whore Review:



Wine tasting is an amazing sensory experience. Not only due to the dynamics of the wine but also from the dynamics of the person tasting it. We can�t forget that wine, like those of us who love to drink it, is a complex living thing that can not easily be summed up by culturally acceptable generalities.

The scoring system I have devised for reviewing wine attempts to supersede such culturally acceptable generalities by giving a holistic view of the wine. Breaking the scoring system into several components allows readers to understand exactly WHY a specific wine is rated well and which factors make the wine a great choice.

Four categories (Taste, Cost, Enjoyability, Availability) are individually scored from 0-10, combined into a total value, and averaged to give score from 0-10:


Taste
So many wine reviews are the same� pretentious blabbering of black currant, cherry, vanilla, and leather. The repetition equates to spinning a wheel of smells rather than a description of how the wine really tastes.

The taste score is my PERSONAL interpretation of the wine and how it tastes on a scale of 0-10. Everyone has a different sense of taste. This score is merely my opinion of a particular wine during a single tasting.


Cost
The average consumer doesn't drink wine for free. Discovering an outstanding wine with a low price tag is the ultimate desire for every wine lover. To reward such wines, the cost score penalizes wines selling for higher prices:

Score      Cost
10             $0-$10
9              $10-$20
8              $20-$30
7              $30-$40
6              $40-$60
5              $60-$80
4              $80-$100
3              $100-$250
2              $250-$500
1              $500-$1000
0              >$1000


Enjoyability
Do these reviewers really enjoy the wine? Wine tasting is an amazing sensory experience. Not only due to the dynamics of the wine but also from the dynamics of the person tasting it.

Instead of just focusing on the wine, this score focuses on how the wine changes the perception of life and living things. Does it make you angry because you drank too much or does it make you happy or even excited to spend some time with a loved one or maybe even someone you just met? These are the stories that make life interesting.


Availability
In a perfect world, I should be able to procure my favorite bottle of wine as easily as purchasing gas or fast food. The Availability score evaluates this difficulty. Obviously, it is very difficult to globally generalize this score. Instead, this score takes into account how much of the wine is produced, how well it is distributed, and whether it is directly available from the wine maker.


Check out the WW Scores awarded in the complete listing of wine reviews.


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10 comments:

Shelly said...

So if you really enjoy it and drink too much of it, it's a low Enjoyability score?

The Wine Whore said...

If I really enjoy it and drink too much, then that would still be a high enjoyability score. I contemplated adding a 'hangover score' but thought it wouldn't be appropriate. :)

Anonymous said...

So if a wine costs $61, it automatically gets a score of a 5? If you have an exceptional wine for $61, with an exceptional experience providing great taste and enjoyability; it would still get a 5 for it's cost? I would think value is subjective. So the only wine that has a chance of a perfect 10 in that category is one that costs $10 or less...not necessarily fair to an awesome $50 bottle, which has value as well. If grapes are sourced from an awesome vineyard and aged to perfection, which can be costly, as well as the wine scores 9 or above in taste and enjoyability; shouldn't it receive a higher score in the cost category? Just a thought.

The Wine Whore said...

That's a great question! Value is completely subjective. However in this case where each component is judged individually, it would be unfair to let the quality and enjoyability influence the score awarded for cost. I considered both methods before deciding that this scoring strategy made the most sense. After all, if you were judging two wines that were equally awesome, wouldn't you pick the one that costs less?

Wineocerous said...

It appears to me that 'taste' and 'enjoyability' are two subjective criteria, whilst 'cost' (assuming this is retail cost and not discounted) is objective and 'availability' is neither (very dependent on location - perhaps a sliding scale based on 'cases produced' is more viable?). I'd tend toward separating these to give a wine a sensory score ('taste' and 'enjoyability'), a 'cost' score, and a 'case lot' count; let the reader weight them as they see fit. So a wine that rates '9.5/6/1500' can be compared against a '8/9/10000' and the buyer can decide if the cost difference is worth the sensory experience.

Anonymous said...

The cost category is absolutely subjective...you cannot compare a great mass produced wine that costs less to make to a great small production wine that costs more to make. If you wanted to score fairly on price, then you would, at least, look at other varietals in its category and compare their prices; if it is priced fairly for that type of wine, then it may deserve a 10, too. BTW, if given a choice between 2 equally awesome wines, wouldn't I pick the one that costs less? NOT NECESSARILY. After seeing the scoring method, I definitely would not submit wine for review if I had anything over $20 that was made in small production. It appears that your wine reviews are meant for inexpensive wines that are more readily available.

Anonymous said...

who cares about cost, its all in the drinkers palate, if you like the price of the wine your drinking. What is the downside? Enjoy it, love it and hope for no hangover. Now thats a bottle of wine.

Shelly said...

On the price factor...
For me, cost is definitely a factor. I want a wine that I can enjoy and not feel guilty for drinking. My parents get $100+ bottles of wine and that just doesn't fit my budget, and even with them paying (or anyone else) I just don't think I could get attached to a high price wine. It's part mental and part justification.

joeshico said...

Agree 100% with Shelly, except my parents only drank local brewed beer. Sure wish they liked Tignanello as much as Yuengling.
Like your method much better than the 100 pt one used by everbody else.
I'm going to work a bit on it a try using it on my future post.

overabarrel said...

A score can also be done in two parts, the way some TV shows were ranked, as a % of total households, and also a % of households watching TV at a particular time. Perhaps a wine could be rated in 2 parts also, one as an absolute score, the other as a score with quality relative to price. So if a wine was rated on a 100 point scale, it could have a rating of 83/92.

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