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About Tastings

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Why We Taste Blind

Tasting Format

Wine Spectator Taster Profiles

Wine Spectator's 100-Point Scale

Special Designations

About Our Vintage Charts

Policies for Use of Wine Spectator Ratings

Wine Spectator Tasting Procedures

Wine Spectator editors review more than 15,000 wines each year in blind tastings. Every issue of Wine Spectator magazine contains 400 to 1,000 wine reviews with detailed tasting notes and drink recommendations. We set stringent standards for ourselves and rely on the proven ability and experience of our editors as tasters and critics. (Read our Statement of Ethics.) Below are the guidelines we follow in order to maintain the integrity of our tastings.

Why We Taste Blind: A Letter from Marvin R. Shanken and Thomas Matthews

Tasting Philosophy What do we review each year?

Each year, more than 15,000 wines from around the world are blind-tasted by our editors.

The majority of these reviews are published in issues throughout the year, in the Buying Guide section of the magazine.

Additional reviews are posted exclusively on our website.

Wine Spectator primarily serves a national audience, and we therefore prefer to review wines that are widely available.

Where do the wines we review come from?

The majority of the wines we taste are submitted to us by the wineries or their U.S. importers.

Additionally, we spend thousands of dollars each year to buy wines that are not submitted, at all price levels.

Where do we review the wines?

Tastings take place in our offices in Napa and New York, and in the vineyard regions of Europe. Each office has dedicated tasting rooms and staff to coordinate the tastings.

The European tastings are organized and conducted at independent sites by Wine Spectator staff.

Who reviews wines for the magazine? Special Tastings

While the vast majority of our wine reviews originate from blind tastings—in private, under controlled conditions—and result in official scores, as described above and on our Tasting Format page, we occasionally review wines in other formats.


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