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It isn’t always necessary to choose a side. In fact, some would argue that the only path to wisdom is in not doing so. Others of a less earnest bent might feel that it’s at least better to retain devil’s …

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Well written and well reasoned, Thor. Salute from Detroit. more
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A scientist, an artist, and an artisan walk into a bar… …and order a cocktail. Because they can actually have a conversation about that. Wine? Impossible. On that subject, the three shall never speak, nor (even more tragically) listen. The …

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Hey there, found this through the apothecary blog. Loving the writing so far.... more
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Witness the urtext of lousy writing about natural wine. Bruce Palling isn’t even trying. (This is almost literally true. Be amazed at the lack of effort.) The grand generalizations and profound ignorance — not to mention the errors — aren’t what …

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Sex or Kevin McKenna? Choose quickly. Of the two thunderclouds that loomed over digital newsstands yesterday, it was the former that promised all the hail, but the latter that brought the actual tempest. (The sex thing? Read it yourself. It’s …

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Living on the edge

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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 …

 

Curtains for Oz

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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 …

 

The stars, like dust

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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 …

 

We will sell no wine before it’s crime

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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 …

 

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 …