Soldera, wine writing, couch — sipped and spit

CAUGHT: police have arrested a former employee for the recent destruction of six vintages of Soldera Brunello. A motive appears to be that he was not provided a “mini apartment” at the estate. [Corriere della Sera]

DECEIVED: Palate Press exposes a pattern of Natalie Maclean’s taking other writers’ tasting notes and placing them behind her paywall. Furor erupts both from writers and in the comments, where allegations of winery pay-to-play emerge. []

EULOGIZED: Hosemaster laments the death of wine writing. “Yes, Wine Writer had been horribly sick before he passed, a pathetic shadow of what he once had been, reduced to a kind of Laubotomized babbling, a sad and tired victim of Parkerson’s Disease, covered in nasty Suckling wounds, his Hugh Johnson Feiring nothing but blanks. ” [Hosemaster]

SPIT: on Facebook, commenters are wondering how many points to give James Suckling’s purple couch.

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3 Responses to “Soldera, wine writing, couch — sipped and spit”

  1. From demoralizing to tragic. What’s next? The Mayan Apocalypse?

  2. Here’s a good account in English of the arrest of the Soldera ex-employee. Lots of drama–looking forward to the opera version!

  3. Poor Nat her career is just about over. Any one who promotes Santa Margherita as one of the best values in the liquor store should never make a nickel in this business.


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