Grape Observer is a wine journal that critically examines wine. It is written by Sean Mitchell who on matters of wine is a Wine and Spirits Education Trust certified wine educator and examiner, WSET diploma holder, WSET advanced certificate in wine and spirits holder and a past recipient of international and Australian wine scholarships from Bibendum PLB and Wine Communicators of Australia.


The following scale is used:

Outstanding (โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…) wines sit on top of the quality hierarchy. This may be due to the length on the finish, complexity of expression, intensity of fruit, resounding typicity and harmonious balance.

Very Good (โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…) wines have special attributes. This may include long length, complexity, intensity of fruit, typicity or balance.

Good (โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…) wines are of interest and show typicity and balance.

Acceptable (โ˜…โ˜…) wines are sound, everyday and unremarkable wines that are fault free.

Basic (โ˜…) wines are modest wines in all respects.

Faulty wines are not normally reviewed. Faults encountered include cork taint, brettanomyces, excessive volatile acidity and unintended oxidation.

Trade submissions

Trade submissions are currently being accepted. The terms and conditions set out under “Fine Print” apply. The address for submissions is Sean Mitchell, PO Box 3082, Dendy Vic 3186.