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Copyright © Ric Einstein 2009
Welcome to this Irregular Update which is living up it its name. When I started TORBWine all those years ago, I knew a time would come when the newsletters would stop being regular as clockwork, so that was why I named it the Irregular Update. That and the fact that the content is not your usual, regular wine newsletter content. Speaking of content, there is a lot to cover in this edition.
First off, I may have not been all that busy writing since you last heard from me, but I have been tasting lots of wine. Most of it worthy of serious consideration. The list of wines tasted cover all price points from $10 to $90+, and the range of regions is diverse, so there is something for everyone. To make it more enticing, there are a heap of **** for vale wines, and even some, rare as hens teeth, ***** offerings.
Earlier this year, I wrote a Snippet called
Corporate Bastardy Lives
On. It dealt with the completely unscrupulous behaviour of McGuigan
Wines antics when they sold a Chardonnay from the Adelaide Hills called
Schubert Estate. That name is actually owned by a winery in the
Barossa and has no relationship to McGuigan. It looks like my original Snippet
had some effect as this new Snippet,
It Ainít Over Till The
Fat Lady Sings illustrates. I can't tell you exactly what will happen,
but I can let you know that things are probably about to get ugly for McGuigan.
They will probably cop a heap of bad publicity over it. And that could just be
the start of their troubles. About time I say!
The readership of TORBWine has always been diverse. The majority of readers are are from Oz and North America, followed by the POME bas*ards (tautology), and a fair smattering from Asia. Western Europe subscribers are also represented, although five eights of sweet Fanny Adams of them are Frogs. So why am I telling you this? Well, I have noticed over the past few months some Russian subscriptions to the Irregular Update, and in the last few weeks, a number of reader from Poland have registered. So welcome to our East European readers and I hope you enjoy the site, and our Oz wine.
The News section has been constipated over the past week, but prior to that there were some interesting articles. Just some of the stories of possible interest include...
Those stories and more can be found here.
This weeks wine quote. "Wine experts canít resist
making predictions. In 1990, wine lover Richard Nixon prophesied that the
Chinese would someday match the French in the quality of their wines; this
despite a Chinese carte des vins that featured sweet red wine and a grape called
Cowís Nipple. In the mid-1980s, a well-known New York wine merchant asserted
that an $8 Cabernet from Chile was as good as Lafite, and auction prices would
eventually reflect this little-known fact. Wine coolers too, as I recall, were
expected to expose a vast new market to the pleasures of wine drinking. The
coolers bombed, [a nice bottle of Lafite will set you back $250 or more], and
Chilean cabernet is still mostly eight bucks." Stephen Tanzer, Forbes 1996
Until next time .... Cheers Ric