What are the definitions for the codes used in individual wine ratings?
Our grades represent a composite score developed using our proprietary
system to blend wine quality and scoring information.
This describes both the year of the actual grape harvest as well as the
year the wine was made.
The prices quoted in the Wine PocketList are the "suggested retail"
prices quoted by the wineries and the distributors. Though these are close
to what you'd pay at the winery, (and Less than half what you'll pay at
a restaurant) you'll often find discounts of 20% and more off these prices
Individual Evaluations: IE: A, A-, B+
This represents the number of individual reviews and ratings on which
the composite grade is based, primarily representing individual reviews
in top wine periodicals converted to our scale.
Wine PocketList Exclusive Categories: WPL: BBC, W, S, B
There are four Exclusive PocketList categories, and many Wines rated by
the PocketList will fall into one of these Special designations. There
are also thousands of other Wines online that are great selections and
don't necessarily fit into one of these four categories.
[W] Widely Available: These wines typically have bottling
of 20,000 cases or more, making them widely available in most regions
of the U.S.
[BBC] Top Buy-by-the-Case: Based on multiple, good reviews
and a solid history, these are wines you can purchase by the case to grow
your cellar with confidence today, and into the future!
[B] Bargain Wines: Top-rated wines for $10 or less. Most
of these can go head to head with a typical $30 bottle sporting a fancy
and beat it hands down.
[S] Splurge Wines: For most of us, spending more than $25
on a bottle of wine isn't something we do lightly. These are wines that,
while more expensive, are well worth the price.