resides in Sterling Heights, Michigan along with his wife, Michelle,
their 2 cats Jake and Kelly, and a few too many bottles of Champagne. He
grew up on Australian Shiraz and California sparklers, but it was a
bottle of Krug Grand Cuvee that began his quick descent into Champagne
and sparkling wine OCD.
Although Brad will drink anything, anytime, anyplace, he prefers his
wine with a few bubbles in it. Champagne and sparkling wine seem to
bring a smile to everyone’s faces. Those little bubbles make you want to
stop sitting around, get up, and have a little fun. Champagne makes you…
unstill. As such, unstill is focused on Champagne and sparkling wines
from around the world. So pour yourself a glass of bubbly (a requirement
for this page), take a gander, and let us know your thoughts.
Scoring System Explained:
My scoring system is normally given in a range because I think well
cared for bottles vary by a point or two based on how the wine was
served, your mood, or just plain natural variation.
I score wines based on my pleasure drinking them today and sometimes
will give a second score, if I think time will not only change the wine,
but improve it.
My basic range is:
A+ (97-100 pts)
A (93-96 pts)
A- (90-92 pts)
B+ (87-89 pts)
B (83-86 pts)
B- (80-82 pts)
C+ (77-79 pts)
C (73-76 pts)
C- (70-72 pts)
D+ (67-69 pts)
D (63-66 pts)
D- (60-62 pts)
F (below 59 pts)
I also use
qualifiers for each range like weak, low, strong, high, and solid.
Solid would mean a wine
that is towards the upper end of a grade range. So a Solid B would
be ~85-86 pts.
High/Strong would mean
that a wine is almost the next grade range higher, but not quite. It
kind of mixes two grade ranges. So a High/Strong B would be ~85-87
Weak/Low would meant that
a wine barely made it into the next grade range. It also mixes a bit
of two grade ranges. So a Weak/Low B would be ~82-84 pts.
A B- would be 80-82 pts. A weak B- would be 79-81 pts.
As mentioned above, a wine may
sometime cross grade ranges. For example, a High B+ wine will score
88-90 pts. How can a 90 pt wine still be a B+? Well, in my opinion, most
of the bottles will be in the 88-89 point range, but an occasional
bottle may be firing on all cylinders and sneak into the A- range with
90 pts. Hence, a B+ wine can sneak into the 90 pt range, but it won't
happen often and you shouldn't count on it.
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