A reporter from the New York Times called the other day to talk about ratings and reviews and the 100-point scale. (He said his story would run this Sunday.)
How, he asked, does one determine the difference between a 92-point wine and a 91-point wine?
Me: I liked one wine a little better than the other…
Another thing he wanted to know, apparently courtesy of a comment from a producer, was how much time I spend analyzing a wine.
Some people say, “Well, he [meaning me] only spends 15 seconds on each wine--what chance do I have?”
Urban Myth alert on the time clock.
I take as much time as possible to assess a wine.
Sometimes I taste a wine (blind) over hours, sometimes I taste it two or three times on different days. No rush-to-judgment scenario here.
It’s a matter of acting responsibly and professionally. We all have our inner compasses (not to mention tastes), and mine says you bend over backward to get it as right as you can.
Occasionally winemakers, or their agents, suggest that those of us in the media are indifferent to their efforts, or unappreciative of their styles.
Not true for me. I know people work hard at turning grapes into wine, and I admire that, savor and cheer their accomplishments.
But I’m not afraid to say when I don’t like a wine--and why.
I have people to answer to as well, and the most important are--well, you know who I’m talking about.
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