Wine Rating System Work?

Wine Rating As you shop for wines, you may have noticed that wines have a number rating associated with them. What do these ratings mean, and what are they based on?


A wine “score” originates from the consensus of groups of wine experts and their take on the character of a particular beverage. As you may have realized, wine scores are an extremely helpful tool for customers trying to make a decision about what to sample next. Wine ratings seem like a mystery to some, but they can become helpful to just about anyone trying to make a purchase.

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What Is the Wine Rating Scale?

The wine rating scale is a relatively open-ended system for reviewers to leave their thoughts after tasting a product. All of the wines and spirits available through our online store are based on a 100-point system that acts as a benchmark for pricing, stocking and more. The 100-point system dates back to the 1980s when writer Robert Parker set the standard for consumers shopping for wine.

Wines in production for long periods of time at a larger scale typically receive reviews more frequently. For a better understanding of the 100-point rating system, check out the breakdown listed below:

  • 95–100: This is a classic wine that almost all experts and consumers enjoy. The highest compliment and rating for a particular wine.
  • 90–94: This rating demonstrates an outstanding taste and superior character.
  • 85–89: An above-average wine that features special qualities for its class.
  • 80–84: A solid or average wine.
  • 75–79: Nothing extraordinary about the wine. A drinkable wine with some flaws.
  • 50–74: Rating for flawed wines. Not recommended for consumers.

How Is Wine Rated Using Points?

For the most part, wines are blindly rated by critics in the industry. Groups act as a panel for wines that are served, and they have no knowledge of brand name or other details.

As consumers, it’s important to recognize that wine ratings are subjective to each critic. Ratings are not the official word on a product or brand, but scores derive from a well-trained palate. With new blends constantly hitting the market, little to no rating does not necessarily indicate a flawed product.

If you see a product without a rating, be bold and taste it for yourself!

What Makes a Highly Rated Wine?

Understand that not all rating systems are the same. The 100-point system is the most widespread point of reference, but 20-point and 5-star awards also exist. As far as our selection of wines and spirits goes, products with a rating of 90 points and above are considered exceptional.

How are these points awarded? Similar to a high school grading system, all wines start with 50 points as a base for review. Critics will determine an overall score out of 100 points from the following observations:

  • Wine color, consistency and overall appearance
  • Aroma and presence
  • Taste (intensity, balance, depth and aftertaste)
  • Process for aging
  • Notes for improvement

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Purchase Highly Rated Wines at Marketview Liquor

Always review wine ratings with a grain of salt. Just because an expert didn’t enjoy or sample a product doesn’t mean it’s not worth your time. The wine industry is always expanding, so there’s always room to explore.

Our wines with ratings above 90 points are a great place to start if you’re still training your palate or simply want the outstanding taste. We even offer a wide selection of 90 point and above wines for under $15! The 100-point system at Marketview Liquor is an outstanding resource for wine enthusiasts, but the best way to form an opinion is to try our products for yourself.

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