The "Beverage Testing Institute" was founded in Chicago in 1981 with the objective of carrying out quality assessments for beer, wine and spirits and publishing them for consumers. Products can be submitted by all manufacturers worldwide. The results are published in renowned magazines such as Wine enthusiast
, Restaurant Hospitality, The New Yorker Magazine, Wine & Spirits
. International Wine Review
, All About Beer and a few others. The institute journal "Tastings" is published every two months. 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 the Buying Guide to Inexpensive Wines: More Than 1500 Wines Reviewed by the Beverage Testing Institute.
Every year a competition “World Wine Championships” (by the way also “World Beer Championships”) is held. On average, 3,000 to 4,000 wines are tasted. The wine review
is carried out 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 stages, namely 1 (not recommended), 2 (commercial quality, though not overly exciting), 3 (yet probably, not often he highest merit) and 4 (highest quality). Only if wines are rated 4 by at least two tasters will they go into the second round (merit round). This is then rated with 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" (best price-performance ratio) and "cellar suggestion" (likely improvement after five years of storage). See also under awards
and wine Events