What's behind our wine Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 131 models in wines to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    This score is based mainly on expert sensory evaluations. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
  • Varietal
    Varietal refers to a specific type of grape within the genus/species Vitis vinifera. In this case one grape is known by different names in different parts of the world (e.g. Syrah or Shiraz).
  • Origin
    Origin is the country or state (if in the US) where the wine was produced.



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Recommended wines are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
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Most of the wine our wine testers taste sells for $20 a bottle or less. We also consider wines that have consistently garnered praise from others—including some wine publications—to increase the odds of finding high-quality wine. If you're looking for information about wine, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ wine reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our wine buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased Ratings and wine reviews to help you choose the best wine for your needs.

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Wine buying guide

Food and wine are natural partners and, when they're compatible, they can each lift the other to a higher level of flavor. The problem is finding a perfect pairing. Consumer Reports' wine experts will not only help you find the best wines at a reasonable price but can also choose the best food-and-wine combination.

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