First Ever Behind-The-Scenes Video Shows How Wines Are Rated


NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–, the most visited wine Web site on the Internet, has released a first-of-its-kind video giving an unprecedented look at how the blind-tasting process works at Wine Spectator magazine. The video, Inside Wine Spectator’s Tasting Department, is viewable on their homepage or from their Video Theater page.

The five minute-plus video features an in-depth, behind-the-scenes tour with tasting director, Bruce Sanderson. It details every step of the process, as wines are received, checked into their extensive database, organized and stored in the cellar and finally blind-tasted by Wine Spectator editors.

Wine Spectator reviews more than 15,000 wines each year, with a tasting team of 15 people in four offices around the world. This represents the first time ever that Wine Spectator has posted actual footage of their tasting process and facilities.

“I think a lot of wine lovers have wanted to be a fly on the wall of our tasting room so that is what we gave them,” said Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator. “This video shows the steps we take to ensure that our reviews are fair and objective.”

Wine Spectator videos, over two hundred and growing, cover all aspects of the wine world and are organized by channels including Dining & Travel, Food Pairing, Wine People, Editors’ Tastings and more.

About Wine Spectator

Published 16 times per year, Wine Spectator offers an exciting, insider’s view of the good life, including fine dining, wine, travel and entertainment. With more than 2 million readers, Wine Spectator reaches business leaders, trendsetters and connoisseurs., launched in October 1996, is the most influential source of wine information on the Internet. The Web site features wine ratings, tasting reports, news and other original content you won’t find anywhere else. Our ratings database handles more than 1 million searches every month. Since the Web site launched there have been more 500 million page views. For more information, please visit us at

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