Firstly, apologies for the new thread. I wasn’t sure where to put this as I think it could go in a number of different threads.
I have to say, I like the sound of this ALDI concept (link at bottom). I always value consumers reviews over ‘experts’ reviews - as I find their palettes and honesty more in tune with the common people.
I do like and value TWS concerted efforts in the community space, and think there is a great opportunity to formalise their crowd sourcing spirit of tasting and talking wine more. I read with interest the topics on this forum site to help educate, inform, and influence me and my wine lifestyle and think that there would be value in encouraging the community to structure their wine feedback a bit more.
I take note of consumer “Reviews” on wines when I purchase from TWS, but for every informed Review I read I often read a lot of unstructured “Feedback” e.g. “…not to mine or my wife’s taste” (end) “smelt a bit strange” (end), with no real context or explanation. It’s important to continue allowing people to express themselves as they wish (I don’t want to turn this into a freedom of speech debate) but in reading this article it did prompt me to think that there is a a gap somewhere for more “authorised consumer” reviews at TWS.
Disclaimer: my post Friday night wine quaff coffee is still kicking in, so I am writing this on a Saturday morning without my morning stimulant - and I hope this does not come across as negative to TWS as it really is my goto place for great wine!!