Q&A with Howard Goldberg

nyt_wine_bookOver on wine-searcher, I have a 1,300-word Q&A with Howard Goldberg. Howard has been writing about wine since the mid-1980s and just edited a compendium of wine writing from the New York Times.

Howard has lots of provocative views on wine writing and more; I humbly subit that it’s worth checking out.

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6 Responses to “Q&A with Howard Goldberg”

  1. “The downside is the sewer of mediocrity, ignorance, snarkiness, narcissism, and vulgarity poisoning the wine web.”

    He could have at least mentioned my name.

  2. LOL, Ron!

  3. I think with that quote, it’s fairly obvious that he’s not actually read the better authors who publish primarily online…

  4. Being so closely allied with the Finger Lakes region, I was particularly impressed by Howard’s take on what it will take for the region to gain overall respect: wine auctions.

    Compare that with his later disdain for the culture of “celebrity” and it appears to conflict with the above.

    What is a wine auction if not a celebrity event?

    Wine regions should gain respect for their wines, rather than for the number of collectors willing to drop enormous volumes of cash for the wines, and do so under the glare of a vacuous celebrity limelight.

  5. I was inspired to order some wines I had not tried: a Donnhoff Riesling (I did not, however, select the best in the cellar), a wine from Mount Etna and an Irouleguy. The latter two were recommended in an Eric Asimov article. I think it will be fun.

  6. Joe – I did think that comment painted with a particularly broad brush. And it was sort of odd/ironic given that the piece was for an online publication.

    Thomas – Good of you to point out that tension in his comments. I wonder how he would reconcile those statements?

    Robin – You haven’t tried any Doennhoff wines before? You are in for a treat!


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