YOU EVER NOTICE THE SPEC’S ORIGINALITY?
I have pointed
this out before, but it’s more than a strange coincidence that WinoStuff will
publish something online and a little while later, the Spec will feature an
article on the very same item that you saw here first.
I wrote a column about this a long time ago.
I believe my column was triggered by the Spec’s Year of the Rhone and
other items surfacing at least three to six months after the award-winning WinoStuff
columns. Well, this week, it
happened again. This time, it was
much more subtle.
September 30, 2004 issue of Wine Spectator, James Laube (the Spec’s
Napa Valley-based senior editor) wrote an article entitled “Environmental
Studies”. Don’t let the title
confuse you, this article is really about the influence of “place” on wine
drinking satisfaction. For those of
you who actually read my columns, in my recent review of The Accidental
Connoisseur by Laurence Osborne, I went to great lengths to extol
Osborne’s dialogue about place influencing drinking satisfaction and in fact,
gave examples of a few notable instances where the memory of the wine I had was
greatly influenced by the place. The
idea wasn’t even unique to Osborne, but I reviewed his book, we published it,
and daggone, if it doesn’t show up in the pages of The Spec a few weeks later.
Folks, when it
comes to originality and creativity, go no further than the pages of 'Stuff.
If you want to read our stuff again, check out the Spec!
September 18, 2004
Where else will you find a site or magazine that features WinoBabes of
the Month? I don’t know how much
Wino John has to pay the paparazzi for our exclusive pictures, but it’s
another sign of the dedication that this highly talented, but limited in
resources staff makes to the daily edification of our millions of readers. Wino fans, go forth and prosper so that you may one day be
able to send us a check so that we can retire!