By Lenn Thompson, Executive Editor
But, the growth hasn't been without its challenges -- especially when it comes to our reviews. Almost from the moment I started using one, I've struggled with which rating system to use -- if at all.
I believe strongly that ratings have value -- to both consumers and to producers. But the fact is, I've never been a fan of the 100-point scale. I don't pay attention to it as a consumer and I didn't want to use it on the site either.
But, there was vocal demand for it, from readers and from folks within the New York industry. So I reluctantly moved to the scale created and popularized by Robert Parker, The Wine Specator, etc.
In retrospect, I shouldn't have. We're moving back to the 5-star system we used previously, with a twist. We'll use corks. This is the Cork Report, after all.
There are myriad reasons for this decision, but the most important one is that I was just never entirely comfortable using it. I struggled with it. It sucked the fun out of wine tasting for me, honestly.
Besides, I got sick of people saying and thinking that a wine I gave an 87 or even an 89 wasn't a delicious wine. The way the 90-point line of demarcation has cemented itself in the wine world is, frankly, as disgusting as it is frustrating. I don't want the NYCR to be part of the problem anymore.
Is the 5-cork system perfect? Probably not, but it's what works best for this site at this point in time. I'm not going to promise we'll not change systems at some point down the road, but I doubt we will.
You may have noticed that we haven't published any reviews since mid-July. That was intentional because of this shift. More are on the way. Many more.