Wine Writers and the Question of Jello vs. Pudding

Wine Writers and the Question of Jello vs. Pudding

Designing the recent survey I conducted that will result in the fourth American Wine Writer Survey Report since 1994, a question arose that needed to be answered: Is there any value in asking wine writers whether their work appears in print, digital or both? I had to consider the question for a full 60 seconds. As those 60 seconds passed I pondered whether there was a more useless question I could put to the wine writers that would respond to…

Aug 16, 2018

Wine Journalists Get Their Due

Wine Journalists Get Their Due

By Alan Goldfarb At a wine tasting many years ago, a man walked up to wine journalist Bob Thompson and stuck a glass in his face and exclaimed, “Do you like this?” Thompson, the wine columnist for the Hearst San Francisco Examiner at the time, went to the paper’s editor the next morning, and quit. The man with the glass, Thompson said, “Wanted me to tell him if I liked the wine. I wanted to be the guy who showed…

Aug 14, 2018

Andrew Jefford and the Contamination of Wine

Andrew Jefford and the Contamination of Wine

Andrew Jefford certainly ranks as one of the most thoughtful people to ever write about wine. If you need proof of this, simply read the transcript of the speech he gave to the conference of Wine Communicators of Australia in 2012: “Wine and Astonishment”. It’s a profound piece I’ve gone back to read over and over simply for its beauty, insight and humility. It’s because of the soundness and creativity I have long enjoyed in Jefford’s thinking that I was a…

Aug 13, 2018

I’ll Have the Riesling With My Colonoscopy, Please

I'll Have the Riesling With My Colonoscopy, Please

Tom: Hi, this is Tom Wark. I was calling about my colonoscopy scheduled for Wednesday. Nurse: Yes, we have you for 10:30. Did you get the prep from the pharmacy? Tom: Yes, that’s all taken care of but I had a question. It says a liquid diet the 24 hours in advance. Nurse: Yes. Tom: Does that include white wine…Riesling in particular?  Nurse: As a matter of fact it does. In fact, you can have red wine too. Tom: Really?!!??…

Aug 8, 2018

Wine and Sexism and Me

Wine and Sexism and Me

The writer of this letter accusing me of exhibiting “toxic masculinity” and sexism did not want to expose herself to comments for reasons she states below. Her accusations are interesting but serve as a conversation starter rather than the conversation stopper she hoped to create. Dear Mr. Wark: I’m writing an email instead of posting a comment because I don’t want to be exposed to sexist comebacks and there is no need to embarrass you yet.  Your recent article on…