23 June, 2008

So, Jase.... What are the Rules and Grades?

As we started down this path and thought about what we wanted to do, that is, what's the goal of the 20 Dollar Wine Blog, it became obvious that we wanted to do things differently.

It's not about the wine, or a review, or how many points, blah, blah, blah. Let's leave that to the wine geeks (not that there's anything wrong with them, of course), but for our purposes, it's about a find, a great experience and a reasonable price....all at the same time!

Rather than do a 85-95 point schedule (yes, no wines really get below 85 and not many above 95), we'll do things much more simply. It goes like this:

A+ Awesome! Outstanding! A great wine and a great value! The best for the money!
A Great. Something that's special and you should seek out! Great value, great wine!
A- Excellent. A fine wine that brings excellent taste, quality and value
B+ Very Good. Something to seek out and enjoy with a quality meal with friends.
B Good. A quality bottle with good value for an weeknight or quiet weekend meal.

The grade is a subjective assessment of the wine's overall value, that is, how tasty is it, how well does it "fit" the style it's purporting to be and how much does it cost. A great wine that's $15 will do better than a similar tasting wine retailing for $22. Oh, and a bit about that. While we do everything we can to limit our reviews to bottles that retail for about $20, we will of course, do some that are a bit less expensive (~$13) and some that are a bit more expensive (~$27) That's +/- $7 either way. Cool?

We'll do a weekly wine review/suggestion and will also disclose other we tasted but did not merit a review. They will not be graded if they don't merit a grade of "B" or higher, for whatever reason.

Rules - We don't take payola for reviews, but sometimes we do review wine that is given to us for the purpose of reviewing. Hey, remember, this blog is free. Don't like the rules, then send us some wine to review. Or not :-)

...and, if there's anything you'd like to ask us, like an opinion, tip, or something you'd like to share, please do comment. We'll review all comments!


Jase - The 20 Dollar Wine Guy

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