Why do you not publish reviewed wines assessed less than 3 stars in your ‘Feature Reviews'?
I focus on and publish reviews of wines that I rate of a sufficiently high standard that will appeal to and provide enjoyment for discerning wine drinkers. The world is flooded by many wines that are less than ordinary, which do not need promoting.
What happens to wines you rate less than 3 stars?
Reviews of wines scored less than 3 star are sent to suppliers as confidential feedback. These reviews will only be published if I am instructed.
There are a number of wines from ‘Tasting Reviews' rated less than 3 stars published on the site. These wines are scored in the context of a themed tasting event where comparisons are instructive and provide different perspectives.
What are the advantages of submitting a wine for ‘Featured Reviews'?
‘Featured Reviews' have an introductory ‘vignette' providing supplementary and background information on the wines or the winery. The reviews are prominently posted on the Home Page where they are easily found by search engines. The ‘Featured Reviews' are promoted by Twitter and email alerts.
Can wines be reviewed without paying the fee?
Wines can be sent for assessment without incurring the ‘Featured Review' fee. However, feedback will be prioritised for ‘Featured Reviews'. If rated 3 stars or more, the reviews will be added directly into the website database for public access.
Wines from structured tastings and showcase release events where no fee is paid will be reported in the ‘Tasting Reviews' blog, and these reviews will be added to the website database.
Are wines tasted and reviewed according to a scheduled calendar with set dates for themed styles, varieties or categories?
I prioritise, order and taste the wines as they arrive. There are usually a good number of wines to allow tasting any wine in the company of peers or with similar styles at any one time, thus allowing comparisons. This also allows a quicker turn-around time with more prompt feedback to the wine supplier.