In Defense of Connoisseurship: Is Populist Wine Writing Dumbing Things Down?

  By Stephen Eliot I have spent the larger part of my professional life writing and teaching about wine. Neither pursuit has been about simplifying or dumbing down what is a rich and wonderfully fascinating field of interest, but rather they have been about education and understanding both for myself and, I hope, for those who came to me with questions. I have been called a wine geek but never,...

In Defense of Excess(ive) Wine Writing

While it is true that the vast majority of wine that is sold and drunk in the U.S. is sub-$ 10 basic stuff of little note or interest, that’s no reason for a writer (or publisher) to focus on these wines. The best of the best is much more interesting. And the same can often be said of travel, automobiles, other consumables, etc, etc: These much more rare and treasured items (including wine) beg...