About Tastings

Who are we?
Tastings, powered by the Beverage Testing Institute, was founded in 1981 with the goal of producing fair, impartial wine reviews for consumers and the trade. This philosophy still holds true today and has since expanded to include beer, spirits, sake, cider and more. 

Over the years, our reviews have appeared in publications such as Wine Enthusiast, Restaurant Hospitality, The New Yorker, CNBC, Wine & Spirits, International Wine Review, Epicurious.com, All About Beer, and many others.

We are an independent product rating and review source that provides beverage buying guides and education for consumers as well as the trade. We are a certified member of the American Society of Testing and Materials. Our mission is to help you discover and understand drinks you will love.

How We Score
Our scores are generated by our expert panelists; professional retailers, restaurateurs, journalists, buyers, bartenders, sommeliers and Cicerones— all rigorously screened, audited and trained in our proprietary blind tasting methodology. You can rest assured that the best palates in the beverage industry are reviewing and recommending the prime products that the market has to offer.
With so many alluring elixirs on the shelves, we have taken the stress of the guessing-game out of your hands and created a simple scale to help you find the perfect pour:

96-100 - Superlative (Platinum Medal)
90-95 - Exceptional (Gold Medal)
85-89 - Highly Recommended (Silver Medal)

80-84 - Recommended (Bronze Medal)
79/NR - Not Recommended (No Medal)

Best Buy - Wines or spirits which provide uncommon value.
Cellar Selection
- This is a wine that we believe will improve significantly with at least five years of age.