The Wine Curmudgeon can’t believe he missed this one: Retailers sometimes put the wrong scores on wines. A Washington Post spot check in January found that 25 percent of 100 displays did not truthfully represent the wines they advertised.
Shocking? Perhaps. But not surprising. I have spent a lot of time lately discussing wine scores, and this is just another fault. And, believe it or not, I’m not the only one who feels that scores are a scourge on the Republic. Others are out there, fighting the good fight”
• The Wine Camp Blog, which calls itself a wine free zone.
• My pal, W.R. Tish, the Abraham Lincoln for all of us who oppose scores.
• The great Jancis Robinson, whose piece discussing scores is among the best I’ve seen.
• The legendary Dan Berger. Not everyone has the guts to write that “I refer to the prejudice that some reviewers have for lower-priced wine. Their reasoning goes: ‘If the wine isn't selling for a lot of money, it's probably not very good. So it probably deserves a score of 85 or so. Now let's taste it.’ ”