The Wall Street Journal Disses Zinfandel

  By Charles Olken The other day, New York winecritic, Lettie Teague of the Wall Street Journal, wrote a column in which she smacked Zinfandel up one side of its head and down the other. Now this might be news except for two things. Ms. Teague does not drink Zinfandel, and that she got much of her information about Zin from a friend who lives in the Dry Creek Valley but who does not like Zinfandel....

Rating The Wall Street Journal Wine Column Redux

  By Charles Olken Welcome back. Halftime is over. Let’s take a look at the highlights of the first half. The WSJ wine column, not exactly my favorite over the years for a certain smug, holier-than-thou attitude, recently outdid itself in an article by Lettie Teague. Ms. Teague identified ten bits of common wisdom” and put them to the test of reason. Her views surprised me more...

Rating The Wall Street Journal Wine Column At 92—This Time

  By Charles Olken Wine columns are like vintages. Each one stands on its own. I have not been a fan generally of the WSJ wine writings. The audience is too rarified, the tone too snooty, the lack of respect for California about what one would expect from New Yorkers. But I have to admit that Lettie Teague’s column last week hit a populist tone that surprised me and had me wondering...