The "Beverage Testing Institute" was founded in 1981 in Chicago with the aim of providing quality ratings for beer, wine and spirits and publishing it to consumers. Products can be submitted by all manufacturers worldwide. The results are published in prestigious magazines such as Wine Enthusiast
, Hospitality Restaurant, The New Yorker Magazine, Wine & Spirits
. International Wine Review
, All About Beer and some others. Every two months, the Institute's journal "Tastings" is published. President of the BTI is Charles Laverick, who himself tastes over 8,000 wines a year. He is also the author of several books, including "Buying Guide to Inexpensive Wines: More Than 1500 Wines Reviewed by the Beverage Testing Institute."
Every year, a competition "World Wine Championships" (incidentally, "World Beer Championships") is carried out. An average of 3,000 to 4,000 wines are tasted. The wine review
takes place in a two-stage process by members of the institute (including Laverick) and professional guest tasters with special knowledge of the products to be tested. In the first round, the wines are rated in four levels, namely 1 (not recommended), 2 (commercial quality, although not overly exciting), 3 (yet probably, not often he highest merit) and 4 (highest quality). Only if wines are rated by at least two tasters with 4, they come in the second round (merit round). In this there is a rating of 3 (very good), 4 (truly excellent), 5 (outstanding) and 6 (world-class experience).
This is followed by a conversion into a 100-point system for the publication of the result: 96 to 100 points = superlative, 90-95 points = exceptional, 85 to 89 points = highly recommended, 80 to 84 points = recommended, less than 80 points = not recommended. Additional awards include "best buy" and "cellar suggestion" (probable improvement after five years of storage). See also below awards
and wine Events