Chilean-Wine.com uses theÂ 5 star system. Â This system provides for an easy to understand and visually simple overview of the tasting.
The 5 star system for wines is currently in use by Decanter magazine, and it was made popular byÂ Michael Broadbent in his Great Vintage Wine Book.
Chilean-Wine.com’s 5 star rating system incorporates the use of whole and half-stars as a way of being more descriptive.
Rating: =Â Not very good (Do I still have the receipt?)
Rating: =Â Fair (It ain’t gonna kill you)
Rating: =Â Good (Ok. Â I can have another sip of this)
Rating: =Â Very Good (Yeah. Now we’re talking!)
Rating: =Â Excellent (Freaking Outstanding!)
My ratings are based on the merits of the wine at the time of tasting.
My ratings do not take into account cellaring potential. Â If a wine rates 2 stars today but has great cellaring potential which could take the same wine to 4 stars in five years, then so be it. Â I’m not a fortune teller.
I also do not take into account the suggested retail price. Â If a wine is a great value, I’ll tell you in the summary of the review, but I do not calculate the cost in my ratings. Â Its more transparent for my readers that way.