1) I love wine and beer, 2) I have been blessed/cursed, with some sort of industrial-accident-breeds-turbo-sniffer nose, and 3) I have a bad memory for tasting notes.
I take detailed notes so that when I’m shopping I can pull up my own site on my iPhone to guide my purchases.
In short, these are notes I basically write for myself.
I also very much enjoy having people try wines I recommend, and the interactions I have with winemakers and other wine business folks.
I try to rate wines with a view to how we normal folks consume them. If you try some of these wines I’ve rated, see if my notes ring true for you. I truly hope they do.
Also, wines are rated within price category - because I, and I assume many people, go to a wine outlet with a per-bottle budget in mind.
As we all know, wines can change dramatically over time in your glass. I see that as an elemental part of wine rating, one often missed by the time demands placed on professional tasters. Therefore, I analyze over hours - not just the minutes many wine sages usual have.
When I don't finish a given bottle, I will take notes again the next day to gauge how well the wine survived overnight slumber in the fridge.
A more detailed rating key can be found beneath the post below.
Also - for beer ratings, other musings, my magazine articles, etc. please see the links below.
Cheers and happy ethanol!
Ratings KEY detail
95-100 Astounding. Total quality on all fronts. Seriously memorable. The starting material must have been near perfect, and the makers clearly took pride in their art.
90-94 Brilliant. Special stuff indeed. Do what you can to try it, you will not be disappointed.
85-89 Very Good. Above average quality. Worth a try.
80-84 Good. Average.
50-74 Yuck. Avoid. Don't even think about trying. A disaster.
Magazine Articles // Active Links below the Titles
sparkle capture and smaller as actually better)
caffeine-fuelled revolutions, allegations of widespread flaccidity and
California’s Napa Valley)
imbibing in delectable times)
seasick mobsters and 145-year-old yeast)
mouthwatering fungal funk, barnyard stench, snow jobs and respectable
Aboriginal drug delivery, facial hair, and airline reprimands)
What can you get out of this website?
- La Jolla, California, United States
- I've been fortunate to take my scientifically curious senses all around this glorious globe of ours. My appreciations of the world and her sensual delights are forged via the smelting of deep biological curiosity with various states of inebriated reflection. I hope that such "qualifications" might make me useful to you. My academic career included a Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology - where I studied how biochemical cascades within the brain lead to long-lasting changes, including our memories. Therefore, when my brain tells me that whatever stuff I just jammed in my piehole is yummy, my interest usually relates to the cerebral hows and whys of my responses. I hope you enjoy my musings.
Vodka, Cigars, Tobacco, Chocolate, Coffee, Cheese, Sushi, Travel,
The vast majority of rated wines are usually less than $15-20 retail,
Favorite Wine Styles = Red Blends, Bordeaux, Meritage, Claret,
Botrytis Infected, Late Harvest.
South American Focus = Red Blends, Carmenere, Malbec, Cabernet
Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Bonarda, and Torrontes.
Red Varietal Focus = Red Blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere,
Malbec, Tannat, Pinot Noir, Charbono, Pinotage, Syrah, Shiraz,
Zinfandel, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Maréchal Foch,Grenache,
White Varietal Focus = White Blends, Late Harvest, Riesling,
Gewurtzraminer, Muller-Thurgau, Torrontes, Semillon, Viognier, Muscat,
Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay.
Wine Region Focus = Argentina, Bordeaux, Brasil, Brazil, Casablanca
Valley, California, Chile, Colchagua Valley, France, Germany, Lujan de Cuyo,