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Adrienne Lehrer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307931

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307931.001.0001

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Evaluating Wines: Scoring Systems

Evaluating Wines: Scoring Systems

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(p.51) 5 Evaluating Wines: Scoring Systems
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Wine and Conversation
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Adrienne Lehrer (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307931.003.0005

Judging and evaluating wine are an important part of the wine world, especially the marketing part. Traditional scoring systems were based on a 20-point scale. One of the most influential was the Davis score card, in which points were deducted for defects. Only 2 points were given for general quality. Another 20-point system is the Roseworthy score card, developed in Australia. More recently a 100-point scoring system, introduced by Robert M. Parker, has become popular, and many wine critics have adopted it. (However, the scale starts at 50.) McCoy remarks that the popularity for American consumers is that it is similar to school grades.

Keywords:   judging wine, evaluation, 20-point score cards, 100-point score cards, Davis, Roseworthy, Robert Parker

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