Thursday, August 4, 2011

throwing down

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Getting Osama Bin Laden

You need to read this. New Yorker, one of the finest, most riveting pieces of journalism I've ever read.

At the other end of the spectrum, also riveting but for completely different reasons . . . Dr. Vino's at it again, stirring up shit about Robert Parker. And I love it. Because it proves once again that Parker, like most middle-aged Americans, has no taste. Oops, is my sweeping generalization making you uncomfortable? But you guys should have a sense of humour about it. These idiots did just try to trash DRC La Tâche as almost undrinkable (stemmy, metallic, frightfully tart because of green acid, and obviously made from underripe fruit) and was dwarfed by the prodigious Marcassin. Is it still considered wine writing if you're a hack who utilizes a vocabulary consisting of the same 10 adjectives for fruit and oak? At least he didn't try to squeeze in pain grillé.

You funny Americans.



  1. LOL, I always preferred Wine Spectator's reviews as a guide for me, Parker was always dubious in my eyes. Besides, I blame him for causing the price of Chateauneuf-du-Pape to skyrocket after he "discovered" the appellation.

  2. Richard I couldn't agree more. This guy is ruining the reputation of American wine drinkers.