Welcome to PG RATED,

your consumer guide to wine, spirits, brews, cocktails, and assorted temptations.

The focus: finding drinks that offer quality, value, and sometimes both.

This independent and ad-free site also will report on bar and kitchen equipment, taste test foods, suggest useful books, periodically make restaurant recommendations nationwide and abroad, put forward practical gift guides, discuss trends, stir and shake debates, and generally try to keep you from hangovers.

The ratings system uses stars:
★★★★★ five mean extraordinary;
★★★★ four, mean exceptional;
★★★, excellent;
★★, very good;
★, good;
and none, either fair or poor.