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Dear Dr. Vinny,
Is an $18, 90-point wine a better value than a $30, 90-point wine?
—Jerry, South Carolina
In theory, if you like both wines equally, yes.
Wine Spectator reviews are conducted in our Napa and New York offices in blind tastings (unless otherwise noted). Wines are tasted in peer groups of similar varieties, regions and appellations; neither the producer nor the price are known when the score is assigned.
That means wines are scored based on their quality and how well they reflect variety, region and vintage. But even if two wines both score 90 points in the scenario you describe, I can’t promise that you’ll like both equally. Reading the tasting note should give you a clue.