The Wine Curmudgeon loves regional wine. It’s one of my reasons for being. So, when I saw that Time magazine had done a major regional wine article, I was excited. Overwhelmed. And really thrilled,
Which was my mistake.
I rarely call out other writers and other articles. Everyone is entitled to their opinion – after all, some people might even object to me. But the Time piece is flawed -- factual errors and so much damning by faint praise that I have to say something.
Regional wine should be taken seriously. If it’s good, say so. If it’s crappy, say so. But the author, Joel Stein, seems more concerned with being flip and hip and other clever things than he does talking about wine. If he had used this tone for an article about California wine, the Wine Magazines would have skewered him. And deservedly so.
And you know the worst part? He liked most of the wines he tasted. But that doesn’t excuse being lazy or wrong or both.