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. [PalatePress.com]

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!

    http://bit.ly/VSndhW


  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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