March 28, 2023
Need a bottle of wine to bring to a holiday celebration, dinner or the office holiday wine pool? Don't just pick up something cheap, or familiar. This season, you can choose a couple bottles that are outstanding wines— that are also great values. These selections get over 90 points each when it comes to ratings, virtually guaranteeing they're going to be really enjoyable.
What to Know About Wine Ratings
There's a common system for rating wines. The 100-point scale is a score given to a wine by one or more wine critics. While these wine ratings are subjective and specific to the wine critic, most people look at them as a good benchmark of overall quality.
Wine Ratings grew in popularity in the 1980's after a well known critic named Robert Parker started doling out scores to help consumers make better decisions on their wine purchases.
Even today, Parker is still one of the most recognized wine critics, and his 100-point system is generally considered the standard scale.
You can expect to see the ratings expressed on labels as JS91 or RP90, where the initials represent the critic that gave the rating, while the number is their score.
How to interpret the numbers:
Co-op 90+ Point Wine Selections
With the educational portion of this article behind us, let's move on to some great 90+ point wines you can find at Co-op Wine Spirits Beer this season.
Guarda Rios Red 2020
Rated 97 points by Decanter Magazine
The critic's opinion:
"Ripe vine fruits, blackberry, chocolate and vanilla on the nose followed by juicy acidity in the mouth with ripe, supple tannins and notes of black olive, tobacco and garrigue on the palate."
Zuccardi Q Malbec 2019
Rated 94 Points by critic James Suckling
The critic's opinion:
JS91 James Suckling
"The Q Malbec was sourced mostly from Altamira but has some grapes from Chacayes. It fermented with 50% full clusters in concrete vats, and some 30% of the wine aged in used 225- and 500-liter oak barrels. The oak is unnoticeable, and in fact, I find similarities with the Concreto - pure, strict, raw and characterful, with plenty of fine-grained, chalky tannins. I find it to be incredibly good and with an amazing price for what it delivers."
Choose one of these high scoring wines next time you need a bottle that will impress. Find both at Co-op Wines Spirits Beer.
For some folks, Valentine’s Day is considered an old fashioned and possibly outdated celebration.
Co-op Wine Spirits Beer Sommelier Coordinator Katherine Mindach has some advice for cooking with alcohol:
“When you pour a little in the pot, make sure to…
Wine and cheese are natural pairs.
Written by Hilary Thorne, Beddington Sommelier.
Tips and tricks from Katherine Mindach, Shawnessy Sommelier.
At Co-op Wine Spirits Beer, we know you want quality products and are also looking for the best value.
For wine drinkers, winter tends to be the season of robust reds, ports, and full-bodied vintages.
Any wine lover knows that, like food, wine tastes change with the season.
This Valentine’s Day will be less fabulous dinner out in a packed restaurant and more cozy evening in at home.
Sometimes choosing a great wine can be overwhelming; there’s so much choice out there that it can be difficult to know which brands to trust.
While we may not get to spend the holidays physically together, we can at least share the moment virtually.
There is nothing quite like the perfect cocktail to set the mood for the holidays.
This holiday season one of our favourite ways to feed family, friends and folks is to set up a grazing station and let everyone nibble…
There’s something about the holidays that lets us all feel like we can indulge.
Thanksgiving may look a little different this year.
For more than 30 years, Viña Montes has been producing luxury wines from Chile and exporting them to customers worldwide.
We’ve all heard that you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover—or a wine by its label, but how many of us have…
Many of us dream about quitting our corporate jobs, moving to the country and living off the land.
Throwing a western-style BBQ to make up for the cancellation of the greatest outdoor show in Calgary? You need just the right cold drinks to…
Summertime is when many of us turn from drinking those warm, bold and cozy reds, so something lighter and more refreshing.