From Emily Suggs, a regular visitor here, and perhaps the most illuminating comment ever about the Wine Spectator (and the Winestream Media in general). Thank you, Emily. I wish I'd thought of it:
"I think of Wine Spectator as the Vogue of the wine industry -- just as everyday women don't buy $3,000 cocktail dresses, neither do everyday wine drinkers buy $150 bottles of wine. The very idea of doing so seems ludicrous, but we still flip the pages because we like knowing the trends and what to look for in a cheaper version."