Forbes, Parker, Lynch -- Lamenting the "Good Old Days"

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Forbes, Parker, Lynch -- Lamenting the "Good Old Days"

Postby Randy Buckner » Sun Jul 02, 2006 1:39 am

I read a short article in Forbes tonight by Richard Nalley that made me smile. He writes:

... admiringly described by critic Robert Parker as having "a monstrously rich, full-bodied palate that just oozes fruit, glycerin and alcohol."

Still, nostalgists may remember a time when wines didn't ooze. Or anyway, not the wines you wanted.

He goes on to quote Kermit Lynch:

"Great wine is about nuance, surprise, subtlety, expression, qualities that keep you coming back for another taste. Rejecting a wine because it is not big enough is like rejecting a piece of music because it is not loud enough."

Thank you Mr. Nalley for pointing out what needs to be shouted from the highest roof tops across the land.
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Re: Forbes, Parker, Lynch -- Lamenting the "Good Old Days"

Postby John S » Sun Jul 02, 2006 2:13 am

'Bigger is better' has become a key mantra of our age. The fact that it's so widespread - not just with wine - makes it much more difficult to argue against.

An even greater danger to me is the push to making wine more a status symbol than a simple beverage to have with a meal. The amount of label chasing going on really is staggering now. Much more wealth concentrated in fewer hands now, I guess. It seems to have gotten worse lately, but no doubt it's been around for hundereds of years.

The original Bordeaux classification was perhaps an early warning sign; the 2005 pricing seems more like the coming of the apocolypse!!
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Re: Forbes, Parker, Lynch -- Lamenting the "Good Old Days"

Postby Randy Buckner » Sun Jul 02, 2006 2:25 am

An even greater danger to me is the push to making wine more a status symbol than a simple beverage to have with a meal. The amount of label chasing going on really is staggering now.


No argument there, John. Much as Woodrow Wilson's vice president jocularly mused, "What this country needs is a good five-cent cigar," could be twisted today to say, "What this country needs is a good ten buck bottle of wine."
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Re: Forbes, Parker, Lynch -- Lamenting the "Good Old Days"

Postby Bob Ross » Sun Jul 02, 2006 12:33 pm

Thanks for quoting parts of this article, Bucko. I particularly liked this line: "For most of recorded connoisseurship, the big idea has been to make a balanced wine that refreshes your palate and meshes, rather than collides, with a reasonable variety of foods." And Nalley has an interesting list of wines that fit his theme.

Here's a link to the article for folks who might enjoy the whole thing: http://www.forbes.com/fyi/2006/0619/053.html

I can't remember if registration is required, but it's not a subscription site.

Thanks again.
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