Our Wine Review Philosophy

The world is awash in quality wine often at very reasonable prices. But we do not often find wines that are original, unique, an artistic achievement. This is because wine is a commodity and winemakers are compelled to be crowd-pleasers. Those who seek originality take risks, and wine-making is already risky enough without the added burden of confronting the consumer with the unfamiliar. We applaud this; the world is a better place for all these quality wines. But there is more to the wine life than consumption.

At Edible Arts, we tend to seek wines that are interesting to write about, unusual, unique, or off the beaten path. We think the usual litany of fruit and vegetable flavor notes, scores, and “shelf-talkers” tell us little about what is in the bottle. Structure, evolution, texture, finesse, dimension, personality, definition, and sense of purpose are more important.

Such wines are not necessarily expensive. They may sometimes be edgy, reticent, or hard to understand. They may be rustic and unrefined. They must be intriguing and provoke curiosity.

Almost all wines are reviewed throughout the course of an evening with no distractions. For premium wines I devote several hours to trying to understand each one. Often they are paired with food and with music to help grasp the full expression of the wine.

But in order to enjoy the better wines, it is necessary to drink less expensive wines to make the budget balance. So we think seeking out budget wines that provide good quality and low cost is important as well.

Industry samples are accepted but with no guarantee they will meet our standards for review. Please email for information dwightfurrow at gmail.com