Rating System

The Barrel Cellar Rating System

Our goal is to assist you in making a great choice based on quality and value to enhance your evenings or celebrations. We assign a rating based on the following considerations.

The Barrel Cellar 100 point wine rating system

Truly Memorable (96-100 points) – These wines are truly unique.  They display remarkable quality and value.

Exceptional  (92-95 points) – These wines reflect the quality product of a skilled wine maker and offer an exraordinary value.

Very Good (88-91 points) – These wines are distinguished, but don’t reflect the rare quality of our higher rated wines. These are great wines for a casual evening at home or a reasonably priced dinner date.

Good (85-87 points)  – These are good wines that are worthy of your purchase.  Great for an dependable go to anytime wine.  Value provides for an opportunity to invest in a mix of similar rated wines or purchase by the case.

The Barrel Cellar 100 point bourbon rating system

Truly Memorable (96-100 points) – These bourbons are truly unique.  They display remarkable quality and value.  Bourbons of this quality are usually a product of limited release batches.

Exceptional  (92-95 points) – These bourbons reflect the quality spirit of a skilled craftsman and offer an exraordinary value.

Very Good (88-91 points) These bourbons are distinguished, but don’t reflect the rare quality of our higher rated bourbons. These are great for a casual evening at home or a  poker night.

Good (85-87 points) – These are our go to bourbons.  Great drinking and great value.

The Barrel Cellar 5 point beer rating system

Truly Memorable (5 points) – Brewed by a craftsman.  Don’t pass an opportunity to purchase this release.

Exceptional (4 points) – These beers don’t qualify as uncommon, but they are worth seeking them out.

Very Good (3 points) – A well balanced beer with character.  These beers won’t impress your beer geek friends, but are great for an afternoon or evening out.

Beer (1-2) points – These beers are average; they don’t provide a unique experience or elevated value.  The Barrel Cellar typically will not review these beers.