The recipient of a master of business administration in sports and entertainment management from the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University, Michael Schamis currently serves as a sales associate with Mister Wright Fine Wines and Spirits on the Upper East Side of New York City. In this role, Michael Schamis aids people in selecting wines, including those ranked 90 points or higher on Wine Spectator’s 100-point scale.
Considered one of the world’s leading wine experts, Wine Spectator magazine assists customers by grading wines on a 100-point scale. The periodical’s professionals judge each wine based on its quality compared to other wines at their peak. Those scoring between 50 and 74 are “not recommended,” while bottles with a 95 to 100 ranking are deemed “classic: a great wine.” The other scores represent a range that runs from “mediocre” to “outstanding.”
To arrive at these scores, tasters adhere to a strict set of judging procedures. Wine tastings occur in private rooms with optimum temperature and humidity levels, and begin with the tasters trying a previously judged wine as a reference point. Subsequently, they go on a blind flight of between 20 and 30 wines organized by coordinators based on varietal, region, or appellation. While tasters learn the type of wine and vintage, they do not receive additional information related to cost or vintner. Although they generally taste each wine once, particularly poor-scoring and great-scoring wines are tried again to verify the initial reaction. Wine Spectator posts the final score on its website or in an upcoming issue of the magazine; the organization may also include a tasting note or a range of years to start drinking the wine so that consumers experience it at its best.