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For all the handwringing about scoring wines, the naysayers miss—forgive me—the point. It's not the numbers; it's the words. Words give wine meaning; numbers give wine (and readers) order. Because of this, it's a big mistake to brush off words as "mere semantics.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands November 30, 2004.
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