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Everything is relative. Take, for example, scoring 20/20. For eyesight it’s considered merely normal; for wine it is anything but. Furthermore, vinous quality is assessed in a subjective way,...

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Last month I took part in the Concorso Enologico Internazionale, or International Wine Competition in Verona, set up and run by Veronafiera, the organisers of Vinitaly. Vinitaly is that monster...

Tags:  scoring, Italy

Although I studied Maths as well as Philosophy at Oxford, I'm not too keen on the combination of numbers with wine appreciation. Drinking and assessing wine is a subjective rather than an...

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Jonathan Brittain, Wales:   Finding your Bordeaux 2005 vintage reports very interesting as I'm sure most people are. I have come to understand your taste with respect to...

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Tim James, www.grape.co.za , South Africa: It is often unclear to me whether tasters who use and publish scores (including myself!) claim to judge by a universal...

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Charles Taylor, London: I'm sure you must get fed up with discussions on the merits and demerits of scoring wines, but... I'm a new subscriber, and looking at your Kiwi Pinot Noir tasting...

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Rami, GB: I...

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Michael Havens, Napa Valley: Having found your site, I've been following with interest the astonishing...

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What do my scores mean? Noble Yip, Hong Kong: Dear Jancis,...

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So, busy readers: breathe a sigh of relief. As well as the usual verbiage, this month's piece comes with pictures. The graph I used to illustrate last month's article on the meaning of scores ,...

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In this age of scientific accuracy, we are surrounded by precise numerical measurements that aid our decision-making. The power of a car, the price-earnings ratio of a share, the calorie...

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Perhaps it's a British thing. We are wary of over-enthusiasm, and condescending towards excessive praise. At least, that's the stereotype, and I conform to it. I suspect I am not alone. At the...

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Jamie Taylor, New South Wales:   1. I noticed someone sent a 2005 Bordeaux email with a comment by Michael Broadbent on Pichon Lalande: "Very deep, velvety, very good...

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Robert Kibble, Slough: I have two questions regarding wine tasting. Firstly, when tasting wines a second time, do you find your scores are consistent?  I've often wondered about the precision...

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Eric Lecours, San Francisco: Recently I attended a talk given by a long-time Berkeley importer of repute who discussed wine tasting, comparing his approach to that of an influential American...

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