At Gold Medal Wine Club we never feature bulk, private label, or close out wines. Each specially selected wine comes from a real working boutique winery and is 100% authentic.
Unlike our competition, virtually every wine we feature must meet strict selection criteria that include multiple medals from major wine competitions, and high ratings from national wine publications such as Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Wine & Spirits, and Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate.
In general, the numerical ratings used by most national wine publications can be qualified in relation to school grades:
90-100=A, 80-89=B, 70-79=C, 60-69=D, and 50-59=F.
Wine ratings may influence your decision, but remember that the ultimate judgment is yours. Everyone has a different palate and personal preference, which is why ratings should be used along with tasting notes and winery information as a guide to help make informed decisions.
Wine Spectator Magazine
Wine Spectator editors review more than 15,000 wines each year in blind tastings. Every issue of Wine Spectator magazine contains from 400 to more than 1,000 wine reviews with detailed tasting notes and analysis. They set stringent standards for themselves and rely on the proven ability and experience of their editors as tasters and critics.
Classic: a great wine
Outstanding: a wine of superior character.
Very Good; a wine with special qualities.
Good: a solid, well-made wine.
Mediocre: a drinkable wine that may have minor flaws.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Publication
The Wine Advocate, with over 50,000 subscribers throughout the United States and over 37 foreign countries, exerts the most significant influence on wine consumer's buying habits and trends not only in America, but in France, England, Switzerland, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Russia, Mexico, Brazil, and China. Robert Parker has also been profiled in a number of major magazines, notable newspapers and top television broadcasts.
An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find, purchase and consume.
An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, these are terrific wines.
A barely above average to very good wine displaying various degrees of finesse and flavor as well as character with no noticeable flaws.
An average wine with little distinction except that it is soundly made. In essence, a straightforward, innocuous wine.
A below average wine containing noticeable deficiencies, such as excessive acidity and/or tannin, an absence of flavor, or possibly dirty aromas or flavors.
A wine deemed unacceptable.
Wine and Spirits Magazine
Wine and Sprits magazine is one of America's most trusted publications in regards to food, wine and spirits. Extremely informative for distributors, retailers, restaurateurs and consumers alike, Wine and Spirits features wine reviews, food and wine pairings, wine business, travel recommendations, and new product introductions.
Superlative, rare finds.
Exceptional examples of their type.
Recommended as good examples of their variety or region.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Wine Enthusiast was founded in 1979, and ever since has been regarded as one of the top sources for wine accessories, education and information, wine storage, and useful, accurate ratings. Ratings are based on tastings by the magazine's editors and other qualified tasting panelists and only wines scoring 80 points or higher are published.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
This independent and critically acclaimed bimonthly publication, established in 1985, is read by wine lovers in all 50 states as well as 34 countries. Every issue includes in-depth articles on three to five important wine regions, extensive coverage of virtually every important wine category, detailed tasting notes, and scores on more than 1,000 wines.
Outstanding to extraordinary
The Beverage Testing Institute
The Beverage Testing Institute was founded in 1981 with the objective of producing fair and impartial wine reviews for consumers. Today, this philosophy still holds true. Over the years, their buying guides have appeared in the Wine Enthusiast, Restaurant Hospitality, The New Yorker Magazine, Wine & Spirits, International Wine Review, Epicurious.com, All About Beer, and many others. Currently, the Beverage Testing Institute publishes a monthly e-newsletter called eTastings.
Superlative. Provides a world-class experience.
Exceptional. Truly excellent in style and distinction.
Highly Recommended. Very Good.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
The Connoisseurs' Guide is written by publisher/editor Charles Olken in collaboration with associated editor Stephen Eliot. Co-founded in 1974, Connoisseurs' Guide has earned a national reputation for its objectivity, expertise and integrity when it comes to reviewing wines. Reviews are accompanied by their availability, aging potential, and food pairing ideas.
★★★ An exceptional wine. Worth a special search of the market.
★★ A highly distinctive wine. Likely to be memorable.
★ Fine example of a type or style of wine. Without notable flaws.
Wines of varying quality and value.
...where Gold Medal winning wines are selected from
California State Fair Wine Competition:
Since 1855, the California State Fair has taken pride in honoring California's top wine selections and wineries, making the California State Wine Competition the oldest and one of the most Prestigious Wine Competitions in North America. The competition is limited to California bonded wineries selling retail.
Monterey Wine Competition
San Francisco International Wine Competition
Jerry Meade's International Wine Competition
Orange County Fair Wine Competition
Los Angeles County Fair Wine Competition
Hiltonhead Wine Competition
Amador County Wine Competition
San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition