Allow me a short break from ISO related nonsense to bring us into the sober world of alcohol. It was either Jean-Paul Sartre, WC Fields or Caligula who once said, “a man without wine is only half a man, and one quarter of that half is boring.” So I hope you will consider joining me over at my other website,, where I blog about wine, rate vintages, and generally tear apart Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling for being horse piss flavored with gasoline.

I’m no Robert Parker, and my tastes run at the $300 a bottle or less variety (often much less), but Winepisser doesn’t pretend to be anything more than what it is. I started by ripping into some of the worst wines I found, but in recent years have had pretty good luck, and now the good reviews outweigh the bad ones. As we head into December, readers are waiting to see which of the current 5-star winners will win the Winepisser Best Wine 2017 award. In 2015 the winner was a weird, lab-grown blend from California (a review I expect to regret one day), and 2016 was a tannat from Uruguay. This year started off terribly, with not a single wine reaching 5 stars until March, and then it was another few months before a second wine won a cinco. Fortunately, the last few months of 2017 are proving fruitful (pardon the pun), and we’ve now got a healthy assortment of reds, whites and sweet dessert wines in the running.

If you’re into wine, I hope you’ll join me over at!


    About Christopher Paris

    Christopher Paris is the founder and VP Operations of Oxebridge. He has over 25 years' experience implementing ISO 9001 and AS9100 systems, and is a vocal advocate for the development and use of standards from the point of view of actual users. He is the author of Surviving ISO 9001:2015. He reviews wines for the irreverent wine blog, Winepisser.