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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. Wine Spectator sets stringent standards and relies on the proven ability and experience of its editors as tasters and critics.

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The Wine Advocate Rating System

Robert Parker's rating system employs a 50-100 point quality scale (Parker Points®). The Wine Advocate takes a hard, very critical look at wine, since they would prefer to underestimate the wine's quality than to overestimate it. The numerical ratings are utilized only to enhance and complement the thorough tasting notes.

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