Tudor's Faint Praise (75–84) Table (September 9, 2002)
My wine writing colleague Dean Tudor has compiled a list of wine descriptors
that damn a wine by faint praise. The wines in question usually fall into
the the numeric values of 75 to 84 points for those reviewers who use
the 100-point scale.
Tudor's Faint Praise (7584) Table
©2002 by Dean Tudor. All rights reserved.
"I rather like bad wine," said Mr. Mountchesney. "One
gets so bored with good wine"
Benjamin Disraeli (in his novel, Sybil)
Tired of having to wonder what to say about a nice, but not exciting,
At a loss for words after the initial vagueness of "floral"/"berry"/"aromatic"
nose or "light mouthfeel" or "short finish" or "fairly
Need more descriptors for those wines you've just tasted, and rated between
75 - 84 ?
Then look no further than Tudor's Faint Praise (7584)
Table, which emphasizes the positive (believe it or not, it
For a spin, you could use the French or Italian non-cognate translation
of the term, for that (wink-wink) cachet...
Dean Tudor, professional wordsmith and member of the Wine Writers' Circle
of Canada, has developed an incipient WHEEL of terms, divided into two
major categories and further subdivided into three SUM categories.
One: Phrases, subdivided into Standard, Useful, and Modest (the SUM of
Two: Words, subdivided into Standard, Useful, and Modest (the SUM of
All of these words and phrases have been used by dozens of wine critics
in thousands of reviews of wines ranging from 7584 points; the use
of French and Italian is my twist alone...
The WHEEL format will develop from this, and emerge a multi-coloured
laminated you-know-what. Orders are already being taken. Price: a bottle
of $9.95US wine through email@example.com.
Meanwhile, enjoy the text:
I: PHRASES (which can be modified to fit the situation)
STANDARD (phrases) = average (~75 points)
STANDARD = average (~75 points)
Dean Tudor, Wine Writers' Circle of Canada, Professor Emeritus of Journalism,
Wines, Beers and Spirits Site: www.ryerson.ca/~dtudor/www.htm