Category Archives: Parker

Virginia’s record wine sales show the Old Dominion’s for real

Maybe this regional wine thing is for real after all. Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell announced this week that Virginia wineries sold nearly 485,000 cases of wine in 2012, a new record. Virginia wine sales have risen by an average of … Continue reading

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Worth Reading: the Catching-Up Collection

I’ve taken a break from the blog, but not from reading about wine. Here are some great recent reads, in case you haven’t seen them. The Rudy Kurniawan wine-fraud saga has had two write-ups, by Ben Wallace in New York … Continue reading

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Worth Reading: Provoking Adam Lee

Some fun and interesting keyboard musings this week: W. Blake Gray indulges in his favorite sport – provoking Adam Lee of Siduri with a post about low alcohol levels. It’s a great way to boost your comment totals on a … Continue reading

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Worth Reading: The Atlantic discovers … the Atlantic

Some interesting reading in the tangled vines of cyberspace: The Atlantic, long a bastion of intellectual, thought-provoking essays and fiction for the Eastern egghead set, has discovered … wait for it … that wine is actually made along the Atlantic … Continue reading

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Worth Reading This Week: FBI arrests alleged fraudster; White House fails to keep dinner wine list secret

Some recent items of interest from the Wine-o-sphere: The FBI last week arrested flamboyant wine collector Rudy Kurniawan for wine fraud. It’s the first time the Bureau has taken wine counterfeiting so seriously. Mike Steinberger has some detailed analysis on … Continue reading

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Worth Reading This Week: A Californian’s perspective on Virginia wine

A visiting friend has kept me busy this weekend, but here’s a late roundup of (last) week’s wine writings worth weading: What happens when a Californian wine writer with a sharp palate and an open mind visits Virginia? You get … Continue reading

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Wine Camp 2011: This wine’s from WHERE?

Something extraordinary happened this Christmas. Not birth-of-the-savior extraordinary mind you, but something so unexpected that I had to rub my eyes before I could believe it actually happened. I was served a Virginia wine at “Wine Camp.” Wine Camp is … Continue reading

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Worth Reading This Week: Wooooooo Boy! Expensive wine critics, cheap wine, and tons and tons of methane …

Here’s my weekly offerings of what’s worth reading on the wine blahgosphere – and boy, this week’s a doozy! We begin with “Campogate” – the controversy over the resignation of Jay Miller from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. It seems little-known … Continue reading

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Parker repudiates heaviness?

Jancis Robinson has done it again, displaying her talent for capturing the essence of a story in a snippet of prose, or in this case video. In Robinson’s hands, a Flip camera is a dangerous weapon. On Friday, Robinson posted … Continue reading

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The California-Without-Parker Video

I can’t add anything to this hilarious wine-themed version of the old “Hitler yelling” YouTube videos. It was apparently posted a week ago by the folks behind the Red to Brown Wine Review blog, and was quickly picked up by … Continue reading

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