Stephen Tanzer is a US-based wine critic who has edited and published his bimonthly International Wine Cellar since 1985. He has published wine reference books and wine-buying guides, and he also writes articles for Forbes and Food & Wine.
The bi-monthly guide (which shares its initials with the International Wine Challenge) is funded entirely by its subscribers and is widely respected for its down-to-earth, independent approach and freedom from advertising. Tanzer’s specialist knowledge lies in the wines of Piedmont, Burgundy, Bordeaux and California.
Stephen Tanzer's 100-point wine-scoring scale:
- 95–100 – Extraordinary
- 90–94 – Outstanding
- 85–89 – Very good to excellent
- 80–84 – Good
- 75–79 – Average
- 70–74 – Below average
Stephen Tanzer's wine scores on Wine-Searcher:
Score range: 65 – 100 points
50% fall between: 88 – 91 points
Average score: 89.9 points
(Data: October 2013)