The truth behind Wine Spectator’s “significant efforts to verify the facts”

31 August 2008 at 4:47 pm (Uncategorized)

This page has moved. Please visit me at my new blog, “Blind Taste,” where you can find my blog post entitled “The truth behind Wine Spectator’s ‘significant efforts to verify the facts’”. All comments have moved there as well.

Robin Goldstein



  1. James Koch said,

    May I add to your very interesting post that went to a ‘famous’ US restaurants a few years ago that had received and continues to receive the ‘WS Restaurant Wine Award’ but didn’t actually have any of the ‘great’ wines in stock.

    It went like this: “Sir, we are out of this and this one. Oh, I’m so sorry, we are out of this one too. Sir, let me see, if we have this one in stock. Sorry, may I suggest another wine.”

    Only 2 (!) wines from the entire first page of their ‘famous’ wine list were available.

    My reponse was: “I’m terribly sorry, but I’m out out of here too.”

    I paid for my mineral water and left. I can’t comment on their food as I have yet to return.

  2. h chou said,

    May I add that your book is also false advertising. Instead of truly comparing expensive wines to inexpensive wines, you basically rate a bunch of relatively inexpensive wines. I don’t understand how that is different from what wine spectator did.

  3. lintrepido said,

    The Wine Trials is a guide to inexpensive wines. That is why it rates inexpensive wines.

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  5. h chou said,

    I read the book. First of all, it uses statistical tricks to get their p value to an acceptable level. Notice how they kept saying that there was a difference between the most expensive and least expensive wines, but that it was in the middle range prices that one can see the most difference. This is playing with the statistics in order to get a result that they like.

    Also, Goldstein never gave the full results of his study in his book. He did not tell us which expensive wine the cheap ones were rated against. That is pretty useless then if he picked the worst tasting expensive wine (there is such a thing) just to show that some cheaper wines can beat ONE expensive wine. When you write a book supposedly based on how corrupt everyone else is, you better include all the information. While Wine Spectator may be beholden to advertising dollars, Goldstein is also playing with the truth to make his own money.

  6. Arthur said,

    H CHOU:

    Goldstein also fails to mention that not every participant tasted the same wines.


  7. Parantar said,

    i don’t like the taste of wine. i really love to be addict with it but i can’t. hehe

  8. eastcoast said,

    Hi. graet article.
    Cheers, Peter

  9. anonymous said,

    dude. you’re my hero.

  10. wine blog said,

    Parantar ha detto,
    14 Ottobre 2008 a 1:20 am

    i don’t like the taste of wine. i really love to be addict with it but i can’t. hehe


  11. KarenDayle said,

    oow it was been redirected gonna go to the new link

  12. Miss19 said,

    Fans drive hundreds of miles to partake in these pre-game gatherings, which are often a bigger attraction than the game itself. ,

  13. Roy98 said,

    Candidate Duke University Congratulations! ,

  14. Boy43 said,

    Will it help or get in the way of what we need to do? ,

  15. Brad said,

    but i don’t like the taste of wine.

  16. den parser said,

    They would miss you, Sir.

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