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DECEMBER 27, 2007 [Critic, Israel] Wine critics - what good are they?
If I love critics I am a suck-up & a "score-whore". Wine critics are GREAT. Wine critics are BAD. I'm writing about critics today as a topic came up on a message board I frequent. The board is moderated by Daniel Rogov, Israel's preeminent wine critic. And what about the critic? Does the associated jealousy & hatred justify providing the critic with samples which do not properly represent the product the critic thinks he/she is reviewing???
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JANUARY 17, 2008 [Critic, Israel] Blogging from the Israel Wine World
Wine ratings & reviews has come up as everyone in Israel has an opinion when it comes to the recent Wine Advocate review of israeli wines. I can probably write a book on this topic just based on conversations I have had the last week here in Israel. It was expected, and realized that many of the wines would receive scores a few points lower than the wineries would have liked - OR, then local wine critics have given.
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DECEMBER 30, 2007 [Critic, Israel] Happy New Year!
I apparently overreacted to a post elsewhere regarding wines which had seemingly "changed" between a critic's first and second tasting. I gather this is not the most common phenomena, but it is possibly a byproduct of young wine producers heeding a critics critique & intentionally altering their product. I do stand by my strong feelings on the matter & further DO NOT believe that ANYONE, consumer & producer alike, should allow a critic too much influence.
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MARCH 26, 2008 [Critic, Israel] Best bet (kosher) Israeli wines for Passover - at all price ranges.
Both are great (as long as the '05's which have been out for well over a year were stored properly) but the 2006 were rated slightly higher by Israeli wine critic Daniel Rogov. Well regarded throughout Israel, Recanati produces some fine wines. 2002 however was not a great vintage in Israel in general with some strange weather so if you are considering a case to put away for a few years I would stick with the 2003 or 2004.
WINE TASTING GUY [Critic, Israel] Carmel's quality wine revolution
| SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2008
Among the many things I must do is to better acquaint myself with one of Israel's
oldest wineries - Carmel. I have heard some criticism
regarding the high alcohol levels of some of Israels
wines. As is being done at the Israel
wine revolution leader Golan Heights Winery (AKA Yarden), Carmel is trying to get away from being labeled as kosher, and doing everything possible to instead be considered a World Class winery whose wines JUST SO HAPPEN to also be kosher. MORE >>
DR. VINO [Critic, Israel] Changes at The Wine Advocate? Correspondence with Parker and Miller
| THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2009
In the introduction to the latest edition of his Wine Buyer’s Guide, he emphasizes the need for wine critics
to avoid potential conflicts of interest and lays out the ethical guidelines that he believes they must adhere to. Among other things, he says that is “it is imperative for a wine critic
to pay his own way. Separately, Mark Squires admitted last year that he took a trip to Israel
that was not paid for by the Advocate–with your approval, he says. MORE >>
WINE TASTING GUY [Critic, Israel] Blind Tasting
| WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2008
Proof that marketing, a high price tag, or for you conspiracy theorists - paying off critics
, is enough to "fool" consumers. We Israeli wine people joke that simply being "Israeli" means that critics
will (subconsciously??) Oh how I would love to set up a blind tasting for well known critics
and sneak a few Israeli wines in with some other New world wines. I just enjoyed another article written by Laurie Daniel for the San Jose Mercury News. MORE >>
WINE TASTING GUY [Critic, Israel] Israeli wine terroir
| WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2008
Some well regarded wine critics
have recently called many Israeli wines "green" (while at the same time praising the wines??). And while I appreciate (and at times am envious of) their work, in general we all know how I feel about critics
. I mentioned "terroir" in my last post. I'm sorry for repeating something just mentioned, but since it is not a common expression outside of wine circles let me reiterate. MORE >>
DR. VINO [Critic, Israel] Wine Advocate Writers Spark Ethics Debate - Wall Street Journal
| TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2009
He acknowledges reporting on this blog that initially raised the questions (see my original correspondence with Parker and critic
Jay Miller here and a follow up here ). The WSJ story says that Parker declined to respond to interview requests, as did Miller and Mark Squires who has admitted to taking press trips to Portugal, Israel
and Greece. MORE >>
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- [Critic, Israel] Anthony Dias Blue, bloggers, and the exposure package DR. VINO | THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2009