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A blog about the lighter side of wine. About wine drinkers,
wine growers,
wine places,
wine happenings,
wine accessories,
wine food,
wine oddities,
wine history,
wine regions,
and occasionally about some wines.

Being a wine dabbler desribes me pretty accurately. That is why at winedabbler.com you will not find in-depth evaluations and critiques of all the nuances and minutiae of a wine; my palate is neither developed nor trained enough to do that. It is good enough, however, to let me identify wines I like, and then to enjoy them. There are enough wine scholars out there that spend a lot of time tasting, analyzing and rating wines; I can't do that, and I don't want to compete with them. My approach bypasses such analytical nuancing and goes straight to one of four levels of "like":

• I like it a lot
• I like it
• I am indifferent to it
• I dont like it.

With only four levels I end up having the occasional problem with the 5 star rating system!

I had an early start with wine. One of my uncles had a small vineyard in the northern part of Austria, and I did help out occasionally with the picking and pressing of the grapes when I was about 18 years old. He produced his very dry white wine from some no-name grapes and sold it unbranded in "Doppelliter" (2 liter) bottles to restaurants in Vienna and in his area.

Since these early days I have tried a great variety of wines and visited many wine growing regions and vineyards in Austria, Gemany, Spain and here in the United States. Over the years my preference shifted from dry whites to full-bodied reds.

Yes, I do enjoy my wines, especially in the company of family and good friends.

winedabbler.com is a hobby site, and I derive no revenue from it. If I praise a product or critique another, it is my very own personal opinion, and no compensation is involved.
© 2015 Wolfgang Bitterolf
...a blog about the lighter side of wine...

dabbler (noun); one not deeply engaged in or concerned with something (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)



Above: Enjoying a wine tasting with a nice buffet at the vineyard of Ulli Stein (left) in Piesport on the Lower Mosel, Germany.

My son Stephen (front right) is a wine importer, and his company, Vom Boden, brings in the wines of Stein and those of other producers from the shores of the Mosel, Saar and Ruver rivers.

No, promoting his businness is not an objective of this blog.

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Date: April 22, 2017
By: jorray, Thousand Oaks, CA
Posting: About Us - four star rating system
Your Comment:
I enjoy your site and your straightforward description of your rating system. Below is the system I use at Spirit of Wine (spiritofwine.blogspot.com). It does use five stars, but essentially, the only extension it makes to your four stars is my fifth star, which is when I like a wine so much that you'd better not ask me for any!
Ratings are 1 to 5 stars.
Think of them this way:
* (ONE STAR): Yuck - what is this?!! - I can't finish the glass.
** (TWO STARS): Hmmm... interesting experience, but I'm ok if this is the last glass I ever drink.
*** (THREE STARS): Nice. I really enjoyed this and I'd like it again sometime; but I'll try another wine tonight too.
**** (FOUR STARS): Outstanding! I would refuse to drink anything else tonight.
***** (FIVE STARS): Wow!! Get between me and this wine bottle at your own risk!!
+ (PLUS): A plus may be added to any level at my discretion.