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I’m looking for specific notes that I can’t find using your search engine. Where are they?

If you’re looking for any notes that I may have written during my time with Wine Spectator, they do not appear on this website. All content on JamesSuckling.com has been generated after I left the magazine in 2010.

How are the wines rated?

I rate wines using the 100-point scale. I have used this point system for close to 25 years. I still believe it is the simplest way to rate a wine, with its origins from grade school in the United States. A wine that I rate 90 points or more is outstanding (A), and an outstanding purchase. If I rate a wine 95 points or more (A+), it is a must buy. If I rate it 89 to 85, it's still worth buying. I wouldn't recommend spending your money on a wine rated lower. Wines rated from barrel, or unfinished wines, are rated with two point ranges such as 90-91 or 92-93.


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