We all want to score
What is a wine
What is a
wine score and how do wine reviewers (because I donít like to call
myself a wine critic, I review wine, I don't criticize it) decide on that score?
A wine score is a numerical rating wine reviewers give to a wine based on a
series of elements. Every wine reviewer (or wine critic) has their own method of
getting to a conclusive number even if they use similar guidelines to one
The 100 point scale
What is the 100 point scale? For example, many writers/critics start at a base
of 50 points out of a possible 100 as an even platform. The theory is, its all
wine so letís give it all the same opportunity by starting it off with the same
benefit. From that 50 point base score a number of other elements in the wine
will give it additional points i.e.: colour-5 points, clarity-5 points, aroma-10
points, taste-10 points, finish-10 points, typicity-5 points ageability-5 points
or overall quality- 5 points. Each of these elements is allotted a certain
amount of points (see previous examples), the better the quality of each of
these elements the more points the wine will get.
Iím not convinced that any one reviewerís method is best. It is whatever
works for each individual. Itís a method we rely upon to give the public a
ďnumberĒ that we feel is worthy and to the best of our knowledge and experience
will be fair and unbiased.
I like to rate wines in
comparison to their like. Prosecco to Prosecco, Champagne to Champagne,
Cabernet to Cabernet....
Seriously, not all wines can be compared to another highly-sought,
"iconic" vintage wine of a completely different parentage.
How would you compare a Vinho Verde to a Super Tuscan?
The individual palate will vary from reviewer to
reviewer because like you, all of our palates have preferences (some people like
chocolate snacks and some like potato chips) but ultimately it is our job to
appreciate the quality or recognize flaws in all wines whether itís a wine we
would order in a restaurant or not. I believe this is a common trait in all good
What is the philosophy of WineScores.ca?
I review wines based on similar criteria that most wine reviewers/critics
colour, clarity, aroma, taste, finish, typicity and overall quality.
I believe wine is personal and individual, it is made to drink not just analyze,
that wine is about the person and the occasion and the company Ė not just the
score. But I also respect quality, workmanship and the passion that goes into
making wine. I donít do this job to find fault. I do it because I love wine and
I look for the positive in something that is part of my every day life.
What do the Wine Scores
0-85 No published reviews
86-89 Good wine - easy drinking wine of good quality
90-94 Very good-excellent wine - delicious, well made, overall superior
quality and typicity.
95-100 Exceptional quality wine, balanced, classic and probably highly
sought after. Exceeds expectations, an epiphany, the juice that dreams are made
Daenna Van Mulligen
is behind WineScores.ca?
Daenna Van Mulligen
is a Vancouver based wine writer.
She is an accredited sommelier and has published her sister site
Wine Diva since
These two popular sites are now the
top ranked wine websites in Western Canada.
Daenna has traveled extensively, including such wine regions as; Abruzzo,
Friuli, Marche, Tuscany, Veneto and Umbria, Nahe, Rheingau, Rheinhessen, the
Pfalz, Oregon, Washington, Okanagan Valley in BC, Niagara Peninsula, Constantia,
Walker Bay, Paarl and Stellenbosch in South Africa and Bairrada, Dao,
Estremadura and Alentejo in Portugal and to Aconcagua, Maipo, Casablanca,
Cachapoal, Colchagua, Curico and Maule in Chile as well as Napa Valley and
Sonoma County in California.
Also to Hunter Valley, Riverina, Barossa, McLaren
Vale, Adelaide Hills, Yarra Valley and Clare Valley in Australia and to Cava,
Penedes and Priorat Spain.
She has judged wines at the worlds largest wine fair, VinItaly, for
Cornucopia's Top 25 and at ViniPax in Portugal, InterVin
international wine awards in Ontario and The Okanagan Wine Festival wine
Daenna has been
a presenter and a panelist at Whistler's
well known international wine festival
She has spoken for peers in the wine trade and media on Portugal for
ViniPortugal and at the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine
She also hosts the wine stage at each year at
Other Media, Radio & TV
You can read Daenna's
'tongue-in-cheeky pink' reviews on
winediva.ca. Daenna is a regular contributor to
Wine Magazine Vines and has contributed to BCLDB's Taste Magazine.
her wine reviews each Saturday on Terry David Mulligan's
(no relation that we are aware of) radio show
am1150 "Talk Radio"
in the Okanagan, on
am1410 The Buzz (CFUN) radio in Vancouver
am1260 "The Team"
in Edmonton and
am740 the "Best of the Best"
in Toronto, or on
TheTasting Room Radio.com .
You can also catch
her on CityTV Vancouver regularly
Daenna also contributes to