In the perfect world, we could simply look at a number chart to determine the worth of a bottle of wine. After all, that’s how we see reviews among many other things in life. Where there’s a list, there is a ranking system that breaks down where each item landed and what the determining factors were that placed that item on the numerical space on that list. There are a few things you should know about wine ranking numbers and we’re going to get to the bottom of it.
What does the wine ranking numbers mean?
The first thing you should know about the wine rating system is that it’s pretty well flawed. The taste of the wine often has nothing or very little to do with the rating that it receives. In fact, most ratings are based solely on the fact of how well the quantity and the quality of the wine stacks up. Still the ratings are typically based on something that looks a bit like this:
- Anything that ranges from a fifty point to a fifty-nine is often considered not consumable.
- A sixty to a sixty-nine means there are some issues with the wine, but you may drink it.
- Seventy to Seventy-nine means they stand average in taste comparison to others
- Eight to Eight-four are above standards
- Eight-five to ninety are pretty good
- Ninety to ninety-four are among the top wine preferences
- Ninety-five to one-hundred are examples of what a wine should be.
While that is a traditional scale we mentioned, one of the major flaws in the wine ranking system is that not everyone favors the same tastes in wine or types. While one wine critic may deem something deplorable, another may say it’s excellent. Another issue is while some wines may receive the same rating based on the same specifications, they can have totally different tastes and types depending on where they came from which doesn’t really show equality or fairness in ranking. Most wine critics tend to rate some of the most popular brands that we’re familiar with. However, those that aren’t so well known don’t tend to get included in the ranking and thus there are a ton of bottles that could be great, but are currently sitting in a pool of wine that has never been rated either.
Some sites may go on a different rating scale all together than others which means in some cases they’re not even being given the rating based on the taste which may be better or worse or even quality for that matter. It brings about a ton of inconsistencies for those who’re simply trying to find a decent quality of wine that pairs well with their meal or casual sipping. While some of these systems are great in terms of helping to get an idea as to what you might want to try or what you might like, overall their very contradictory and should be taken with a grain of salt.