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Wine Ratings on The Aftermath

Vinted on January 14, 2010 binned in about 1winedude blog, commentary, wine review
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I love you people – you sure have some intelligent opinions!

My open discussion on whether or not should implement a rating system for its wine reviews generated just a teeny bit of discussion… as in over 70 comments worth of discussion!

There was a poll as well, for those who prefer to have their say without commenting. 

The results?

The poll ended up over 60% favoring the addition of ratings (see the previous post for an explanation of how those ratings would work). 

The comments had a slight majority in favor, with the remaining roughly comments falling into the following groups (in descending order of responses):

  • It’s your blog, do whatever you want.
  • I don’t like ratings but I’ll forgive you if you use them.
  • Please, please, please do NOT do this.

Despite the fact that the majority of responses to the wine rating question were in favor, the mix of poll results and comments didn’t strike me as the type of majority that implies a Dick-Cheney-style voting “clear mandate of the people.”  I’m not sure it feels right.

So what am I gonna do?

Well… I’m gonna compromise

Here’s the skinny:

  • There will be no wine ratings added to the text of articles.
  • Beginning next week, there will be a ‘grade style’ wine rating added to every mini-wine review that I post via twitter.

This feels more “correct” to me:

  • Lots of readers come to expecting offbeat, deeper analysis of wines and wine happenings.  Ratings just don’t fit into that picture, and tell us nothing about the connection we make to that wine, even if the rating isn’t numerical.  As many of you pointed out, a grade-style rating system (A through F) can be equated to a numerical rating without much of stretch to the an imaginative grey matter of readers.
  • Some readers dig the mini wine review feed (which is summarized weekly and cross-posted here). Those “reviews” (if they can be called reviews) offer much more of a quick-hit overview of the impressions that I get from a wine – and in those cases, I think that a rating can actually help interpret those minis better and therefore might add value (and so are worth doing, even if it means that I will only have even fewer of the 140 available characters left in twitter after typing in the name and region whenever I review a German wine).

So, there it is – it feels more natural, and I’m going to give it a shot.  If you don’t like it, well then start your own damn blog. 

Kidding, of course – I look forward to hearing what you think of this.



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