The Rigorous Life of a Wine Critic: Josh Raynolds


As the Assistant Editor of Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (IWC) and a contributor to, Tanzer’s online wine magazine, Josh is a very busy guy. He has been responsible for the IWC’s annual reviews of the wines of California’s Sonoma Valley and Central Coast, Oregon, Chile, Spain, France’s Loire Valley, Champagne, Mâcon, Beaujolais, Rhône Valley and Australia.

Jay Selman and Rusty Gaffney sit down with Josh at this year’s World of Pinot Noir where Josh was a guest moderator and discuss with him his life as a wine critic. In an open and frank manner, Josh tell us all about his job description.

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2 Responses to “The Rigorous Life of a Wine Critic: Josh Raynolds”

  1. 1 George Wroblewski Oct 24th, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Very busy man doing a fantastic job in the world of wine.

  2. 2 Erik Wait Feb 19th, 2012 at 7:47 am

    As an amateur wine country photographer and winery reviewer I found this episode particularly interesting. I never (or almost never) give scores or points but tend to focus on first-impression descriptions and my estimation of the quality-price ratio. Whether or not I purchased a bottle (or case) is a greater indicator of my opinion of the wine than a score. Things such as the weather, the beauty of the winery (or the woman serving the wine)can greatly enhance the experience and consequently affect one’s perception of the wine and so this also must be kept in mind. Afterall, a Grenache rosé is a lot more appealing on a hot summer day and might get a higher score as it is being sipped on the patio than on a chilly February afternoon being sampled in a crowded tasting room.


    Erik Wait
    California Wine tasting Adventures

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