Several weeks back I proposed a standardized wine rating scale for the wine blogosphere which generated a bit of discussion. Since then I’ve been thinking about how to implement this scale here and have decided to start rating all wines on the following scale with half-stars added for a bit more granularity:
[rating:1/5] Flawed, Not Recommended
[rating:3/5] Very good, Recommended
[rating:4/5] Delicious, A Wine of Distinction
[rating:5/5] Outstanding, A Classic Wine
Note that this is an overall reflection of a wine’s quality and value as having a second scale for value seems too complicated.
It’s great to see other Wine 2.0 sites support this proposal (thanks, Philip, and great Facebook app!) and I expect others to follow. For devotees of the 100-point scale, I will also include that score in all reviews for the foreseeable future along with this 5-star rating.
I know this is somewhat of a contentious issue but I’m hoping some other wine bloggers join me by adopting the 5-star scale (I have noticed Andy begin to use this scale recently). Perhaps we might have some standardization in the wine blog world that seems to exist in the established wine press.