mkishbauch wrote:Just joined up with WW about a week ago...and not feeling the love yet. When do we get to wines rated higher than mid-80s by a publication we've heard of?
Short answer, probably never. Such wines don't need woot to sell. If that's what you're looking for, you might as well move along.
If, on the other hand, you want good to excellent wine at fair or better prices, stick around. What you'll most often find is wines in the low- to moderate-price range ($9 - $15/bottle) that are as good as the best of supermarket/Bevmo wines in the same price range, with much less risk of getting the plonk in the same price range. You'll often get informed comments from actual drinkers of the wines, who can tell you not only that they like it (or not), but why. If your tastes match the reasons, you can get a better sense of whether you, yourself, will like the wine, which is the whole point. You'll often get active, enthusiastic participation by the winemakers, describing what they were trying to get out of the specific vintage. (It is unfortunate that today's winemakers aren't here to describe these wines, and how they differ. It will cost them in sales.) You'll find wines made in such low quantities that they aren't generally available except near the winery. As a case in point, the winery website for today's wines says that they made only 175 cases of the Runestone, and 190 cases of the Twin Creeks.
So if you're willing to settle for uniqueness, and good value (quality-price ration, or QPR), and some informed discussion, stick around.