Oct 19, 2019 -
CANCELLED Fall is in the air and what better way to celebrate the season than an evening around the ... Read More >>
S'mores & Pinot Noir - CANCELLED
CANCELLED Fall is in the air and what better way to celebrate the season than an evening around the fire pit? With s'mores and Pinot Noir, of course! Join us for a fun evening of friendship, laughter, and fire pit stories! Wear your cozy sweaters or jackets! RSVPs will be required, so please click here if you're a club member, and click here if you aren't. Interested in joining the club? Check ...
Nov 02, 2019 -
We are thrilled to have Stewart Todd joining us again! Stewart is an expert in all things Port and Sauternes. ... Read More >>
For the Love of Port & Sauternes
We are thrilled to have Stewart Todd joining us again! Stewart is an expert in all things Port and Sauternes. Some of you were lucky enough to attend his Port tasting a few years ago. We'll be tasting Ports again this time, but will also be adding in some Sauterness. This is going to be a really fun tasting and seating is very limited. As these wines are coming directly from their country of origin, ...
ArborBrook Tasting Room
ArborBrook Tasting Room 17770 17770 NE Calkins Lane, Newberg, OR 97132
Nov 23, 2019 -
Our annual Pre-Thanksgiving Invitational Tasting! 10:00am - 5:00pm RSVP by November 15, 2019 to firstname.lastname@example.org or ... Read More >>
Pre-Thanksgiving Invitational Tasting - 2019
Our annual Pre-Thanksgiving Invitational Tasting! 10:00am - 5:00pm RSVP by November 15, 2019 to email@example.com or give us a call in the tasting room at 503.538.0959. Complimentary for Club Members and up to six guests; $20 for all other guests.
ArborBrook's Tasting Room
ArborBrook's Tasting Room 17770 17770 NE Calkins Lane
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Most people have heard of the wine reviewers of Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, etc., etc., etc. The job of the wine reviewer is to obtain samples of wines from each region in the world. And determine how each of those wine rates on a 100 point scale. Obviously, a thorough knowledge of each wine produced is required, as is knowledge of what the characteristics of a perfect 100 point sample of that specific wine would have to possess. It's one of those jobs that sounds a lot easier than I think it really is.
We've been asked many times about the process for getting wine ratings. Easy right? You send in sample bottles, they taste and review, and the scores are published. Theoretically, it should be that easy. But in reality, it's a little different. Reviewers like to taste wines before they are released. The question is, are the wines showing their best at that time? Generally, they aren't. So, we submit wines after they've been released, while making sure that we are submitting the same vintage that they are reviewing (for example: we wouldn't wnat to ship an '11 vintage if they are reviewing '12s).
The samples are sent. The rest should follow accordingly. Not necessarily. There are vintages that the reviewers choose not to score. And others that they choose to score. Within vintages, there are wines they choose to score and other wines they choose not to.
To sum it all up: you take what you get and hope for the best.
The important thing to keep in mind when looking at wine scores. They don't tell the whole story. They don't remind you of the experience you had while drinking the wine, or the people you were with, or the views you were enjoying, or the special memories you were making. A number is just a number. There's more to wine than that.
But great scores always help.