Meet the Web’s Wine Writers: Steve Paulo, NotesFromTheCellar.com

As many of you know, we now include wine reviews in the free Hello Vino app. We are extremely excited to collaborate with a talented group of writers that include Certified Specialists of Wine (CSW), Certified Wine Educators (CWE), and sommeliers certified by the Master Court of Sommeliers. Over the next few weeks, we will profiling each contributing wine writer beyond the third screen so you can learn more about the author.

Introducing: Steve Paulo

Starting on October 12th, 2009, without a wine to review and barely a descriptor to wield, Notes From The Cellar has grown steadily, and is fast becoming a go-to online source of information and opinion for many wine lovers.

Notes From The Cellar is a journal of tasting notes and wine reviews written and maintained by Steve Paulo. Steve is a rogue wine reviewer, software developer, baseball aficionado, and native son of California.

The Notes slogan is, and has always been, "Tasting notes and wine reviews, posted without regard for timeliness or punctuation." To be honest, Steve’s punctuation is pretty good, and unless Real Life™ interferes, you will find a new wine review posted to the front page every weekday…of each week (and we love the pace).

Steve’s reviews on NotesFromTheCellar.com have personality, are an quick read with good descriptions, and a perfect fit in our app.
Changing His System, Hopefully For The Better

Instead of the Robert Parker 100 point style (which is a 50 - 100 point system), Steve uses a tried-and-true system that, at the very least, should make perfect sense to anyone who went through just about any schooling in their lives. The Notes scores wines with the A-through-F letter grade system.
Steve’s Grading System:

Here’s a little key Steve uses to describe what he means by each level of grading. While you might be tempted to translate these letter grades into
their Parkeresque score (90-100 being an A, 80-89 being B, etc.), it doesn’t quite work that way.A+ This is fan-friggin-tastic wine and you need to, need to be drinking it. Whenever possible. My highest possible recommendation.
Excellent wine. I really loved it and am definitely recommending it. Go track it down.
A- Loved it, recommending it without hesitation. Something kept it from the A/A+ realm but it’s still fantastic.
B+ Really good. Recommended. Thoroughly enjoyable.
B  A good wine. Recommended. I’m basically saying go for it if you like the varietal or if it’s exceptionally priced. You would never be embarrassed to serve it to company.
B- Decent wine. Probably not really for special occasions, but still basically a recommendation. I’m not excited about this wine, though.
C+ Something about this wine turns me off. Something’s missing. Recommended only for fans of the producer, varietal, or region.
C The wine has real flaws. I can’t recommend it.
C- More flaws, less reason to pick up the wine. The fact is there is better wine out there, regardless of this wine’s price point.
D+ Probably avoid.
D- Avoid even if it’s being served to you by a close friend or family member.
F  Avoid like the plague.

Some Recognition:
  • Steve Paulo was a finalist for the Wine Blog Awards 2010 for Best New Wine Blog.

We are excited to have Steve Paulo involved with our wine reviews. Be sure to check out his latest posts within the free Hello Vino app, and on his NotesFromTheCellar blog.


The Hello Vino Team