Archive for the ‘Wine Media’ Category

Aug 16, 2018

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 he liked the wine. I wanted to be the guy who showed…

Jul 30, 2018

Confessions of a Wine Writer

By Alan Goldfarb (This is, I believe, the first time in the 14 years FERMENTATION has been published, that I have given over this blog to another writer. It’s done because Alan is a very good writer, he always has something interesting to say, and he is my friend….Enjoy) I have, over these many years, imposed on myself two rules: Never begin an article with “I”. Off the bat, I’ve violated my first edict. The second decree is that I…

Jul 19, 2018

Where to Buy Your Wine-Related Art—Good and Bad

Among the online retailers that have worked to corner the market on particular products, Art.Com certainly needs to be counted among them. You’d be hard-pressed to find another online art retailer that offers up the same kind of massive selection. Founded in 1988 and offering somewhere around 2 million pieces, Art.com is a particularly fertile resource for wine-related art. Do a search for “Wine” at Art.com and you see returned 6,500 items. The results include decorative art, posters, fine art, vintage…

Jul 6, 2018

The Best Wine Books Coming Soon

The well-established wine literary genre is littered with much of the same. Primarily, newly issued wine books are for “dummies”, the easily intimidated, and those who want a shortcut. And that’s fine. Still occasionally—very occasionally—wine books of real interest are published. I regularly look over Amazon’s list of “coming-soon” wine books to see what will soon be released that will be of interest to smart, confident, dedicated wine lovers. Here’s what I’ve found. A GLASS HALF FULL: MY LIFE IN…

Jun 14, 2018

The True Significance of Robert Parker, Jr.

The fact that one has a vested interested in an issue in no way diminishes the power of their argument concerning that issue. I wanted to get that fact out of the way as I address one of the most interesting articles of 2018: Lisa Perrotti-Brown’s “The Big Parkerization Lie”. Ms. Perrotti-Brown is a longtime associate of Robert Parker, editor-in-chief of The Wine Advocate and a part owner of this publication at which she has penned a stout pushback against…