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by Cyril Penn | November 11, 2013 | 4:00 PM

Over on his blog at, James Laube was singing the praises of the 100 point scale today (no password is required this week). This wasn't a shocker. I wasn’t surprised to read that the 100 point scale has been “embraced” by vintners. Wine companies brag about the number of 90-plus scores they receive, ad nauseum, while winemakers often complain about scores. I was a bit surprised to read that many vintners James Laube tastes with use the 100-point scale themselves for in-house tastings, though. At any rate, we know the debate about scores is as old as the scores themselves. Here’s a link to a Wine Business Monthly article from nearly a decade ago where W. R. Tish lists ten ways scores are hurting wine. In the same issue, another writer, Scott Clemens, argues that the industry needs scores. Though those articles were published years ago, they just as easily could have been published today. 


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