Wine Bloggers vs. Professional Critics


So glad you are taking the time to spend with us here.

My question is this…

With all the wine bloggers and bulletin boards out there, do you see a continued need for professional critics and publications?


I’d like to extend this question with regards to the rise of the CellarTracker community vs professional ratings.


James has commented on CellarTracker a bit in the past:" onclick=";return false;

And a followup:

By the way, at the time that James wrote this in May, 2009, CellarTracker had 900,000 community notes. That has since grown to more than 1.5 million total notes in the next 15 months.

I think that all the information and buzz on wine is great thanks to the Internet! But I think experienced wine critics are more necessary than ever as reference points.

That is why CellarTracker has relationships with Steve Tanzer, Allen Meadows, Jancis Robinson, Roy Hersh, John Gilman, Brad Baker and many more. For the paid publications people see ALL of the reviews so long as they are valid subscribers. In other words, they are not giving anything away.

So my followup question, if you will speculate, why wouldn’t Parker and Spectator participate in such a scheme that delivers more value to thousands of their subscribers and which will also drive many new subscribers? (I have my own speculation, but I would love your perspective.)

It’s a good question. I must say, though, that Mr. Suckling’s two-sentence answers aren’t providing much depth and insight in this forum. I hope he’ll offer a little bit more.

He stays out of trouble that way. [wink.gif]

I can find a quote for any POV, Serge. Doesn’t mean it applies universally.

Not only talking about this thread, Serge. I’m lamenting the brevity in each thread. That’s all.


Why on earth would he answer that question?

I can’t answer for the Spectator or Bob. I just believe that there is a lot of noise on the Internet on all subjects, and reference points will become more and more important. History and knowledge are important for communicating about all things of value including wine. In this case, the medium is not simply the message.