The Wines of Sicily
Sicily is one of the most exciting wine regions in Italy. In recent decades Sicilian wines have greatly improved in quality. Field work on the report will carried out in Sicily in May
The Wines of Washington State
In 1970 Washington had just half a dozen commercial wineries; today it has over 750 with 13 different AVAs. The wines are widely recognized for producing flavorful, superbly structured wines from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and other varieties, but the single most planted variety is Riesling, We travel to Washington State in late June to taste wines, talk with winemakers, and tour the famous vineyards of the state. Look for our report later this year.
Tasting Guidelines and Procedures
- The i-WineReview uses a Tasting Panel to conduct its tastings. The Tasting Panel consists of a core team of skilled and experienced professional tasters.
- The wines reviewed are obtained from producers, importers and distributors; they are also purchased. A tasting session usually consists of 40 to 50 wines. Wines are organized in flights with their peers (mainly by variety, region, and suggested retail price) whenever possible.
- The final ratings for each wine are based on the aggregate numbers from the panel. The tasting notes for each wine are written by the publishers from the Tasting Panel's evaluations. Wines that score below 85 points are not included in reports.
- Whenever possible, our tasting notes include information on a producer's website and the website of the importer or distributor who provides us the wine for review.
- The wines reviewed are generally available for purchase at retail wine shops, especially at various Recommended Retailers. However, because of their limited production and distribution, you may need to contact the producer or distributor for information on the availability of some wines.
- The i-WineReview rates wines using the 100 point system. We do not write up wines that receive a rating below 85 points. The ratings are:
95 and above A wine of distinction
91-94 A wine of outstanding or superior quality
89-90 A wine of very good to excellent quality
87-88 A wine of good quality
85-86 A wine of fair or acceptable quality
84 and below Not recommended