Vinum is a European magazine offering wine reviews, news and editorial to its readers in Germany, Switzerland, France and Spain. From its base in Zurich, Switzerland, the magazine is published ten times a year to a readership of more than 40,000. Articles are researched, written and produced by a 15-strong team of freelance writers and full-time staff, overseen by chief editor Britta Wiegelmann and publishing director Nicolas Montemarano.
The website (www.vinum.ch) provides services similar to the magazine, but with the added feature of historical tasting notes and wine recommendations. The Vinum Guide has tasting notes for wines dating back to the 1937 vintage, with scores on a 20-point scale.
Points used by the Vinum Guide are interpreted as follows:
- 20 – Unbeatable (unerreicht)
- 19 – First class (einsame klasse)
- 18 – Outstanding (hervorragend)
- 17 – Exceptional (aussergewohnlich)
- 16 – Impressive (beeindruckend)
- 15 – Good all-rounder (rundweg gut)
- 14 – Respectable (verdient beachtung)
- 13 – Acceptable (korrekter wein)