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The first edition appeared in 1976 - a wine guide from which one could learn. It opened the door to a world that had previously been reserved for only a small elite. Whether Europe, overseas or the New World, the Wine Spectator has dedicated itself to almost every topic in the wine world in almost 45 years, awarded a lot of prizes and rated countless wines according to the common 100-point scheme.
Wine Spectator - the wine viewer
The Wine Spectator is an internationally distributed wine magazine, which deals not only with wine, but also with the pleasurable life of well-to-do people. The heart of the magazine is without question the Top 100 Wines list, on which the best wines with an appealing price-performance ratio are listed.
Wine Spectator is published 15 times a year and tastes and describes about 15,000 wines in the same period. The tastings take place blind and are conducted by a diverse team of sommeliers and experts. Finally, the Wine Spectator rating is created, which consists of 3 elements: the points, the drinking recommendation and the description.
The Wine Spectator points
Similar to other well-known publications, Wine Spectator uses a 100 point scale, with the point key holding 6 different levels of quality.
100-95 points: Classic: a great wine
94-90 points: Outstanding wine of exceptional character and style
89-85 points: Very good wine with special qualities
84-80 points: Good, solid and well-made wine
79-75 points: Average and drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
74-50 points: Not recommended
The drinking recommendation
Drink: Most wines can be drunk now and will see little improvement with cellaring.
Hold: Most age-worthy wines are not fully mature and will benefit from some time.
Drink or Hold: Wines can be drunk now, but could benefit from some cellaring, provided you enjoy the characteristics of older wines.
Past Peak: The quality of most wines is declining.
NYR: Most of the wines in this vintage have not yet been released.
The rating is rounded out by a detailed description, which can be viewed both in the magazine and on Wine Spectator's website, provided you have a subscription.
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