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1978-2003 Days That Used to Be

"Seems like such a simple thing to follow one's dream" — Neil Young What follows is a partial reprint from Issue #100 written when I celebrated seventeen years of The Wine Advocate. I have updated and revised it to reflect this 25th anniversary. At the risk of appearing too sappy and/or sentimental, I would like to express my gratitude as well as share some of my strongest memories from the last twenty-five years. One of the unfortunate yet inevitable things...

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If You Can’t Take The Heat...Bordeaux 1947

Ask Michel Rolland his philosophy towards picking and I would wager my children’s toys (both of them) that he will cite the 1947 Bordeaux vintage as proof that late-picked fruit is the bedrock of great wines the calibre of Cheval Blanc 1947 inter alia. It is this bottle that is always put forward to support this case and though I have never tasted a château-bottled example, first-hand reports suggest that it is a nice drop of vino....

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Wine In the Time of War

Despite Edwin Starr's sage advice that war is good for absolutely nothing, mankind's wilful ignorance and boundless stupidity means that we still cannot resist a 'good old' war. In 2014 the notion of a peaceful world is a chimera. Innumerable atrocities meted by the Islamic State, tit-for-tat exchange of missiles over Gaza, brinkmanship over Ukraine's sovereignty and God knows what else that lies around the corner... the combination is rendering me anaesthetised to this shameful catalogue of internecine warfare. A...

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Robert Parker's Guide to the Best of 2015

As you know, Robert Parker covers the wines of Northern California and is our Wine-Critic-at-Large. Here is his Guide to the Best of 2015!...

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Lisa Perrotti Brown's Guide to the Best of 2015

Like my colleagues, I spent a good portion of 2015 on planes. A lot of it was for work, but the most special journey was coming back home to America to live, after spending 25 years residing abroad as an expat in London, Tokyo and Singapore....

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An Open Letter to Giacomo Tachis

Monica Larner writes an open letter to the late "founding father of Italian wine."...

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The Magic of Glassware: All Smoke & Mirrors?

It’s no great secret that different sizes and shapes of wine glasses will change how aromas in wine are expressed and channeled to your nose and palate. And this alone can change your experience of a wine....

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Wine Journal: The Third Coming

Now comes the third incarnation of Wine-Journal. Not so much rising from the dead, it has been reactivated, rebooted, given a lick of paint and escaped from behind the paywall out into the free-to-view world of the Internet....

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Coming Up in Wine Advocate Issue 226

On Wednesday, 31st August at 12 noon USA EDT, we will be publishing Wine Advocate Issue 226. We have an incredible line-up of regions and wines being featured this issue, making it nearly impossible to list the highlights without listing all 26 articles. To name but a few......

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38th TWA Anniversary Addition POST SCRIPT: Since 2003 and the 25th Anniversary

Since we launched it in 2001, The Wine Advocate site largely remained unchanged in its early beginnings and is currently undergoing its first massive modification, revision and facelift. Although robertparker.com sits behind a paywall, there is no doubt that the quantity of free wine information on the Internet presented an enormous opportunity for amateurs and serious wine enthusiasts to share their opinions and thoughts about wine. In short, it was a wine information bonanza, and totally free....

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