February 12, 2013 |
We knew this would happen, didn't we? In December, when Robert M. Parker Jr., the influential wine critic, announced that he was stepping down as editor-in-chief of the Wine Advocate and that he had taken on three investors, and named not Antonio Galloni, but Lisa Perrotti-Brown, as the new editor, it seemed inevitable that Galloni, who was widely seen as Parker's successor, would leave. Now he's jumped ship for antoniogalloni.com . Time to do his own thing. Eric Asimov in his Diner's Journal at the New York Times is reporting that Galloni's new site will "be aimed at younger wine consumers, using new technologies and different forms of media than the Wine Advocate , which ... still retains the flavor of print media.
February 8, 2013 |
If I had a spare $29.5 million or so lying around, I'd definitely be in the market for the Moraga Vineyards estate in Bel Air, which is now up for sale. You know those rows of vines you see across the 405 as you ride the tram up to the Getty Museum ? That's it. According to the winery's website, Moraga is the first commercial winery to be bonded in the city of Los Angeles since Prohibition ended in 1933. I was there once, and it really is Shangri-La, the vineyards as meticulously groomed as the romantic Provençal-style garden.
December 10, 2012 |
Lettie Teague at the Wall Street Journal reports this morning that the world's most followed wine critic is stepping down. Robert M. Parker Jr. will no longer be editor in chief of the Wine Advocate , an influential newsletter the former lawyer started in 1978, with a loan from his mom. A Bloomberg story by Edmund Lee reveals that the Wine Advocate has taken on three investors from Singapore. The new editor will be the Wine Advocate's Asian correspondent, Singapore-based Master of Wine Lisa Perrotti-Brown . The headquarters will remain in Maryland, where Parker lives, but the newsletter will open a second office in Singapore, the better to serve the expanding Asian market.
October 14, 2010 |
When he died during a light-plane crash in September 2008, Didier Dagueneau, then 52, had already become a legend in the world of wine. A perfectionist, he almost single-handedly changed the image of Sauvignon Blancs from Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre in France's Loire Valley. Rather than shrill, feisty whites tasting of grass, green beans, gooseberry or pipi de chat (the somehow more polite French term for cat's pee), Dagueneau's Sauvignons were statuesque, beautifully balanced wines with flavors reminiscent of citrus zests, apricot, fig, passion fruit and minerals.
February 4, 2010 |
Is the Cult Cab dead? The current economy has created ominous rumblings in the market for Napa Valley wine. Demand for high-end super-premium Cabs, even so called "cult" wines, has weakened considerably with the recession. Sales are stagnant, inventories are high and direct-mail customers -- a vital piece of the high-end model -- are abandoning once-coveted positions on mailing lists, while those who have waited years for the opportunity to buy in are overwhelmed with offers. And for those wineries whose flagship productions climb above 5,000 cases, the forecast is even more challenging.
October 15, 2008 |
ROBERT PARKER Jr., founder of the Wine Advocate magazine and indisputably the world's most influential wine critic, has published "Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide No. 7," the first of his series to be produced by a team of writers. Since 1978, largely unaccompanied, Parker has published the Wine Advocate, a journal of tasting notes and, most notably, scores, based on a 100-point scale -- the scale that revolutionized the wine world.