Got an email from my pal Dave McIntyre at the Washington Post after the short item on Tuesday's blog about Slate's Mike Steinberger and wine writer certification. "Check out the comments," wrote Dave. "The certification police are out in full force."
I'll give those who favor certification this: They're persistent. A comment from Brandon Tebbes: "Your article seems to be nothing more than you justifying your own lack of knowledge and lack of ambition to pursue such knowledge." Someone calling himself Abe D. Grapeman compared wine writing to surgery. And, assuming I read it correctly, a comment from Juanma Holgado said Steinberger was an amateur best fit for family reunions.
Wow. If they rip Steinberger like this, and he may be the best wine writer working in the U.S. today, what would they think of the Wine Curmudgeon? Is it time to go back to sports writing?