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Wine Ratings

In the vast landscape of the wine industry, there's a contentious topic that has been swirling around like a tempest in a wine glass – ratings. While they undoubtedly serve a purpose in aiding consumers in their quest for the perfect bottle, it's time to uncork the conversation on why wine ratings might be doing more harm than good.

Let's start by acknowledging the practicality of wine ratings. Yes, they make it easier for the public to choose a bottle. It's like having a compass in the intricate world of wines, guiding you toward what some experts deem exceptional. But here's the twist – are these ratings truly serving you, the consumer, or are they more of a feather in the cap for critics and publications?

Consider this: have you ever seen an art critic assigning points to Monet's water lilies or Picasso's groundbreaking works? Of course not. Art critics recognize the subjectivity of art; they understand that each piece speaks differently to each viewer. Now, let's transpose this idea onto wine. Wine is an art, an expression of the winemaker, the vineyard managers, and the ownership. Your taste in wine, just like in art or music, is unique to you, shaped by your experiences and preferences.

Wine ratings, on the other hand, often focus on technical aspects, reducing a complex and nuanced experience to a numerical value. It's like trying to rate the taste of a gourmet meal on a point scale – an oversimplification that fails to capture the essence of the experience.

Let's appreciate the diversity of tastes, the stories behind each bottle, and the craftsmanship that goes into winemaking. In further blogs I'll elevate our understanding of wine beyond points and into the realm of personal enjoyment and appreciation. Cheers to embracing the subjectivity of wine!

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