First we take Manhattan…

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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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The Pall & the proceedings

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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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Tiers of rage

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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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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? …

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An inferno in the darkness

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Concurrence and dissent. Identification and iconoclasm. On the one hand, but then again on the other. Is it true that, as Jeremy Parzen suggests, that “the English-language dialectic on Natural wine is misguided”? No. And yes. The natural wine conversation …

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Butcher, writer, winemaker

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Never watch sausage being made. That few want to know what goes into sausage is, I suppose, taken for granted by those who don’t. But most food-enthusiasts absolutely do want to know…not just what’s in the sausage, but how it’s …

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