Explaining the Scribblings Wine Rating Add/Read Comments
Snooth Wine Search:
A scale is the only way to impart a snapshot of a wine (for specifics you read the text) and enable comparisons between wines (whether that is a good thing or otherwise, it is up to the user). It's easy, it's visual and as a numeric, simplicity for all those comparison websites (Adegga, Snooth etc) to manage and compare.
There have been several suggestions to 'impose' a universal rating for bloggers - my friend Rob (Wine Conversation) talked about a +2/+1/0/-1/-2 rating, which I rather liked but this is, in essence, just a five point scale as advocated by Tim at WineCast (and subsequently added to the ratings on Spittoon).
Nancy took the time to scribble a comment the other day basically asking why the 100 point scale has such prominence on Spittoon. The answer is historical. A now defunct wine site used the 100 point scale to grade the wines, as all my notes were stored on this database the 100 point scale was 'imposed' on me. You were not able to record a wine without a score.
But if you roll over any of the green 'Scribblings Ratings the breakdown of each score is displayed. Four ratings - Drinkability, Interest, Value and Enjoyment are each assigned 1-5 points with 1 being poor or bad, 5 being excellent or superlative. Totalling these supplies a rating out of 20, the method Nancy's friend, in her comment, advocates. To convert this to a 100 point rating the scores are totalled, doubled and added to a base 60.
The ratings themselves are self-explanatory I believe.
The fact I don't list the 20 point score is for simplicity and clarity; it is enough work to include the five point score! But of course a 1-20 rating is easily calculated - the 90 point Willunga Creek Black Duck Cab-Merlot is 15 points (5+3+3+4). On the five point scale it is 3.75, an average of the four criteria.
Overly complicated? Maybe, but I know of no better way to encapsulate those four criteria. No one else I'm aware of uses this idea. No one else though has such a transparent method of displaying cost value, pure drinkability, how interesting the story or grapes behind the wine is, or how enjoyable the drinking experience is.