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THE PROBLEM: Welcome to the Vino Casino

This is part of a series on flaws in current wine recommendation systems originally published at Wine Industry Insights: Genetics: Inherited Taste Chaos Sabotages How Wine Gets Recommended Scaling: 3/4 Of Wine In The US Has NEVER Been Rated By Critics Misinterpretation: Words: Big Trouble For Tasting Notes Inconsistency: Rating The Rating Systems Psychology: Vino-Anxiety, […]

MISINTERPRETATION: Words = Big Trouble

Words can mean different thing to different people. What does “complex” mean? Or “balanced?” “Big?” “Olive-tinged black currant?” “I don’t know what you mean by ‘glory,’ ” Alice said. Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. “Of course you don’t—till I tell you. I meant ‘there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!’ ” “But ‘glory’ doesn’t mean ‘a nice knock-down […]

INCONSISTENCY: Rating The Rating Systems

How you ask a question can determine the answer you get. The concept lies at the heart of journalists, scientists, those who interview job candidates, police detectives, opinion pollsters … and wine ratings. In many settings — especially those where the vino-cognoscenti gather — the question, “What did you think of that wine?,” will frequently […]