Tony Aspler, OC, WWA

It’s funny how we learn about such things. Tony Aspler, very probably English Canada’s most respected wine writer and certainly the top authority on Canadian wine, was made a member of the Order of Canada last week… something I found out from a news item on the Decanter web site. Feels a little weird to go to a British site to find out something about Canada.

Anyhow. Congratulations to Mr Aspler, who (more…)

Published in: on January 3, 2008 at 5:52 pm  Comments (2)  
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There’s no such thing as “the best wine”

I’ve never been much for top wine lists – although I will admit to having been impressed by them, sometimes. Though they can be good for helping you spot wome great bottles you don’t know about, they also tend to work on a simplistic, linear principle of best to worst. Which has little to do with the way we taste wine, it seems to me.

What set me off on this train of thought is the October 15 issue of Wine Spectator, which features a cover story on “Australia’s Best Wines: 25 Benchmarks every wine lover should taste”. (You can read it here, if you’re a WS subscriber). The introduction shows the kind of hubris and trophy-hunting spirit that presides over so many of these lists: “The following pages identify the 25 wines you should know if you’re serious about Australia.”

Problem is, a lot of those wines (more…)

Published in: on October 27, 2007 at 10:31 pm  Comments (2)