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“He’s played us. Don’t you think he’s played us beautifully?” The setting was a Paris apartment. The “us” referred to a small gathering of folks who, mostly, work in or around the alcohol and media worlds. And the “he” of …

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That the end was approaching for Robert Parker and The Wine Advocate has been clear for years. It has long been no more than a matter of time. Thus, today’s signposting of that end, which is still clouded by contradictory …

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Baiocchi’s Eater news story and her great opinion piece. Also, the... more
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While the world’s culinary landscape flows swiftly on to unknown horizons, the lords of French cuisine laze enthroned in their mountaintop fortresses, trapped by tradition and (at times) arrogance, kings of only that which their ancestors surveyed. At least, that’s …

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It turns out that there’s only one wine scandal, endlessly repeated. Each time in different form, but few who’ve engaged in criminal oenophilia have ever thought far outside a very narrow box. Sure, there’s been the occasional arson, a few …

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at a price, and even then the latter is crumbling under the weight of a... more
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One of the important aspect of the cult of wine that you hit on here is that... more

Sarondipity

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There was a time when I had to know it all, or at least try. (Or, one might more accurately say with the benefit of hindsight, be able to pretend well enough to convince others.) That time was during my …

 

A real teat

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So here’s the pitch. The name of the writer, included in a letter that its author has cast hither and yon into the wine trade sea, isn’t important, so I’ve left it out. I would love to be added to …

 

Clothes do not make the woman

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We lip-serve the idea that the moment of preconception is important. Dangerous from one perspective, necessary constancy from another. But from neither do we reject it outright. How could we? Our ability to navigate through life’s encounters is almost entirely …

 

Noted, passing

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Look, I get it. The pressure to publish makes us all write dumb things. But still…oh, Jamie… [I] was jolted by the realization that tasting notes generally do a spectacularly bad job of communicating about the nature of wine Really? …

 

Pasta the mission

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Cowgirl Creamery Sidekick – Grilled cheese is nice. Perbacco – A restaurant that feels a lot more mass-market and corporate than the food it serves, Perbacco is located where few would think quality Italian food would be on offer. And to …

 

The Saison of the wretch

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Saison – Some relationships go wrong from the start. Others fall apart over time. In either case, the reasons are usually clear to all involved parties. But there’s a third sort of devolvement: a collapse that comes out of the …