Tom over at FERMENTATION posted the other day about the San Francisco Chronicle’s recent addition of a four star rating system and how it a slap against the 100 point system used by most industry publications and newsletters. Jerry at Winewaves picked this issue up with an impassioned defense of the 100 point system and why he will continue to use it.
Since reading the excellent book Emperor of Wine, I have been debating making a change for my ratings. And, no, it’s not what you probably would guess… I am thinking of dropping all numerical ratings and go back to the more subjective scale inspired by the WSJÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Tastings column. Who cares if a delicious wine is a 9.5 or 9; both are really excellent and deserve your attention. While I haven’t made a final decision, I am leaning in the direction of few numbers and more words in my tasting notes. What do you think? Do the numerical ratings really help you find beter wines?