27: What You Should Know About Wine Ratings with W.R. Tish – #027

If you’ve been to a wine shop and seen a numerical rating on a wine — such as a 90-point score — you may be wondering if that’s a reason to purchase a wine. Or, maybe you’re familiar with wine scores and want to know where they came from, why they exist, and/or if you should trust them. In this episode, W.R. Tish — the first editor-in-chief of Wine Enthusiast magazine and a “recovering wine critic” — tackles all of these questions and more. This episode will help you understand what wine scores mean and how you can use them — or ignore them — to guide your next wine purchase.

About W.R. Tish

William R. Tisherman, under the pen name W. R. Tish, has been writing and speaking about wine and food for over two decades. Like Cher, Sting and Kermit, one name does the trick. Everyone knows him as Tish.

The Pittsburgh native’s first brush with wine was proofreading for Les Amis du Vin wine society in suburban DC. Stung by the wine bug, Tish moved to New York as a founding editor of Wine Enthusiast. He steered the publication for a decade as a spunkier, funnier alternative to Wine Spectator, then went on to write for numerous wine magazines and websites—earning a reputation for both comic relief and on-trend commentary—and founded Wine For All in 1998.

Through Wine For All and the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan, Tish has developed events for a variety of Fortune 500 corporations, industry trade groups and law firms—not to mention private parties that would make Bacchus envious. Having first honed his writing at The Harvard Lampoon, his approach to wine veers naturally toward comedy. At the same time, his extensive experience in the trade—most recently at Beverage Media and SevenFifty Technologies—ensures that delicious and interesting wines are always in play.

Wine For All brings the humor hammer to gastronomy, as captured in Tish’s motto: “I drink, therefore I am; I eat, therefore I am more.”

Visit Tish’s site Wine For All: https://www.wineforall.com

Follow Tish on Twitter @tishwine https://twitter.com/tishwine

Follow Tish on Instagram @tishwine https://www.instagram.com/tishwine/

See Tish’s LinkedIn profile here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/w-r-tish-1068433/

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