About Wineowl

Welcome to WineOwl. This site provides you with free, honest and impartial wine reviews to help you make better buying decisions, as well as informative and engaging articles for those of you looking to learn more. I focus mostly on wines that are easily accessible to most Australians – the ones you can find in the local bottleshop – but I also dig up some hidden gems that are worth seeking out. Click here to find out more about how I score wines.

Who Am I?

WineOwl Evan Schwarten

Hi, I’m Evan. I’m a journalist and long-term wine enthusiast. I started this site because I saw a need for independent wine advice and reviews that are accessible to everyone. My reviews are freely available and I strive to use language that any wine drinker can understand. I also break down the complexities of wine through the Wine Explained section.

What are my credentials? Exactly the same as Robert Parker Jr’s (the guy who invented the 100 point system for ranking wines) I love wine and I enjoy writing about it in a way that helps people to navigate what can seem like an overwhelming and complex subject.

I’m fiercely protective of this site’s integrity. For that reason, I don’t accept free wine samples. I nearly did once, but the winemaker wanted to see my reviews in advance for approval to prevent anything negative getting out about their wine. I’ll never do that and I decided then and there to pay for all the wines I review myself. I’m also currently not accepting advertising or commercial partnerships. If and when I do, it’ll be on terms that ensure there is no outside interference in my reviews. Quite simply, my opinion can’t be bought or influenced. I hope you enjoy the site and please get in touch if you have any feedback.

WineOwl Evan Schwarten

About the Scores

No point scores here. I’ll simply tell you whether a wine is good value or not, based on the price it is selling for.