Mark Aselstine
 
July 6, 2011 | Mark Aselstine

The Best Wine Reviews

Where to go for wine reviews?

It’s one of the most common questions people ask when they are first beginning to drink wine, where should they go to find quality wine reviews. There are, of course, quite a few significant wine critics whose opinions come formed in vastly different formats.

Robert Parker: Despite having recently retired from current California vintages, has the highest profile of any individual wine taster and unlike many others, his name is more recognizable than his magazine which is called Wine Advocate. For the first time wine drinker, Wine Advocate might not be the best choice because it is basically written in black and white (yes, there is some red) and only offers scores and commentary. When I first started drinking wine, I needed more education about the wine industry and winemaking process.

Wine Spectator Magazine: In my opinion a good starting place for a new wine drinker. Yes, there are plenty of scores but the magazine also does full lgenth features on wine regions, wineries and winemakers. As an educational tool Wine Spectator is top notch and can have the effect of getting your non wine drinking friends and family to pick up the magazine because it is beautifully presented. My only real complaint is that the wines which are often scored as “Best Values” are often impossible to find.

Cellartracker: Without a doubt the king in online, consumer generated reviews. Cellartracker allows you to review wines as well as keep track of your own personal cellar. I think it’s useful as a tool because you can find other consumers with similar palate’s to your own and use their positive reviews to help you find other wines to try.  It also relieves the problem of keeping small pieces of paper or a book with your reviews (since those are generally not accessible when ordering at a restaurant)

While many people seem to get caught up with finding the best reviews, we can’t neglect to mention that no one is going to ever know your own tastes and palate better than yourself. Drink what you want!  At Uncorked Ventures we firmly believe that over time your palate is going to evolve and change and more than anything else, wine is meant to be enjoyed.
 

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