Critical Reviews

Benchmark Wine Group provides professional reviews as a courtesy to assist our customers when making a purchase. Most critics specialize in a specific growing region and often show preference for certain styles of wine. We encourage you to follow the links below and become familiar with each.

Label Critic Biography
BH Burghound Allen Meadows writes a quarterly review which focuses exclusively on Burgundy and other select regions growing Pinot Noir.
V Vinous Antonio Galloni, once a lead critic for The Wine Advocate, founded Vinous in mid-2013 focusing on wines from Italy, California, Champagne and Burgundy. In late 2014, Vinous absorbed the International Wine Cellar and all reviews from Stephen Tanzer.
WA The Wine Advocate Lead by Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate has been perhaps the most influential American wine publication over the last 30 years.
WS Wine Spectator One of the top American wine and lifestyle publications for almost two decades, their team of editors cover every major winegrowing region.
JS James Suckling An editor for Wine Spectator for almost three decades, James reports on the wines of Italy, Bordeaux, California & Australia.
JR Jancis Robinson Based in the UK and launched in 2000, Jancis Robinson’s 20-point scoring system is based on how the wines are currently showing and their future potential.
VC John Gilman View from the Cellar - This electronic newsletter is released bi-monthly full of over 100 pages dedicated to information on the world’s greatest regions with a special focus on mature wines.
AP Asian Palate Led by Jeannie Cho Lee MN, Asian Palate was developed to celebrate Asian cuisine and international wine based on a panel of sommeliers, chefs, wine researchers, food scientists.
JG Jamie Goode Jamie Goode is a wine columnist for The Sunday Express. Based in London, he is a wine judge and writer and he reports and critiques wines in all regions of the wine world.
FM Falstaff Magazin With 30 years of experience, this Austrian magazine has grown to be the source for Austria, Switzerland and Germany wines. Their database has accurate details, tasting notes and scores on over 30,000
WSM Wine & Spirits Magazine Tasted under controlled, blind conditions in San Francisco and New York, their 6-person panel evaluates more than 13,000 international wines every
GM Gault and Millau Ranking on a scale of 1-20, this influential French wine and restaurant guide critiqued by Henri Gault and Christian Millau.
WE Wine Enthusiast With well over 150,000 wine ratings in their comprehensive database, Wine Enthusiast’s editors are located internationally and experts on their specific regions, together covering the entire wine spectrum.
RVF La Revue du Vin de France Scored on a 20 point scale, their French wine experts have been contributing to this monthly publication since 1927.
CG Connoisseur's Guide to California Wine Each review is based on blind, peer tastings of Californian wines. Over their 35 years of experience the Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine has come to be known for their independent and objective
JMQ Jean-Marc Quarin Jean is a resident of Bordeaux and he is among the very few with access to early samples of wine from every harvest. He has over 25 years of experience and has reviewed over 30,000 wines.
JO Jeremy Oliver Jeremy is one of the most respected critics of Asia and is now in his 30th year as a professional wine critic with a deep connection to Australian wines though sometimes branches out to other regions.
TA Tim Atkin Tim Atkin, MW is one of Britain’s award-winning wine writers and critics scoring international wines with over 28 years of experience.
JH James Halliday With over 40 years of experience, James Halliday is an acclaimed wine judge and writer adding 100 tasting notes to his database monthly with a focus on Australian wines.
HH Huon Hooke Huon Hooke has been writing about wine since 1983 and has been a wine judge since 1987 and offers a silver ribbon for wines scoring from 90-94 points and a gold ribbon for 95-100 points.
D Decanter Decanter’s experts release 4,000 wine recommendations a year covering the entire wine spectrum, reaching 90 different countries. The wines are rated on both, 100 and 20 point ranges.
GG Gilbert and Gaillard Francois Gilbert and Philippe Gaillard’s wine focused multimedia group that is dedicated to wine with over 600,000 readers around the world. Gilbert and Gaillard has international correspondents blind tasting and scoring wines with over 50 editions brought to
TRR The Rhone Report After ten years of wine interest, Jeb Dunnuck released The Rhone Report in 2008 with special focus on Rhone Valley wines and Rhone varietals in California and Washington. Jeb has been critiquing wines for Wine Advocate since

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