Q: Why do you never give bad reviews?
The Corkscrewer Report only reviews wines that are great. That means all reviews you see here are only going to be wines that we rate 90 points or higher, and we always consider the price of the bottle in our reviews. In order for a wine to be great, it also has to be worth the money you spend for it. It’s really not that difficult to call a wine that costs $450 great. 98 points! Duh, right? The question most people care about is – is it worth the money? We believe 75% of wines out there are not worth the money. The Corkscrewer Report is all about the 25%.
Q: Do you get financially rewarded from making wine recommendations on your site?
Hell no. We recommend a wine because we love the wine and we think it’s a great one, and that’s the only reason. We feel the winemakers behind these great wines deserve your business – and we try to make it easy for you to locate their wines – but we’ll never make any money from wine sales nor do we get paid from the source for writing reviews or features. We’ll stay very disciplined to always remain independent and objective. Your trust is the most valuable thing to us.
Q: I only want to see reviews for Pinot Noirs, or wines from Spain, or wines that are $19.99 or under on the site – how do I do that?
Everywhere you see a wine review, you will find Category buttons.
Click on any of the buttons and you will be taken to a page of reviews in only that category. Note, some of these categories are visible only to Premium subscribers.
Or, you can do the same thing using category links in the headings of articles.
Or, use our nifty search feature:
Q: Do you accept wine/craft beer samples?
Shoot an email to our Editor In Chief or any of our Editors, and we’ll get back to you promptly. Do bear in mind that, in keeping with our Statement of Purpose, we only review wines that are great – always in relation to the price; quality-to-price ratio is absolutely critical in our evaluation. For all intents and purposes, this means we only post reviews on wines we rate 90 points or higher (more about our wine scoring). On the flip side, as a wine producer you never have to worry about receiving that dreaded 89 points or lower, because we simply don’t diss any wines on our site – we just won’t review your wine.
Q: Are you open to writers’ submissions?
We’re always looking to build our creative team and also create strategic partnerships to make our content more dynamic and useful to our readers, and to expand our coverage. Sure, send us what you’ve got, let us know your angle and what kinds of articles you’d like to write as a contributor, make a proposal and let’s talk. Just want to make sure you understand – we’re looking for creatives to join our team and strategic partners only. Not interested in single submissions or one-off articles.
Q: Will you have advertising on your site?
Let’s face it: generally speaking, ads are annoying. That being said, we recognize there are lifestyle brands out there, as well as entertainment media, that match well with our aesthetic and suit the tastes of our aspirational, cultured and fun-loving readers. When there’s a great match, we’ll have display ads on our pages. Otherwise, we won’t.
Q: When did you launch?
The Corkscrewer Report went live on October 13, 2014.