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....writing about Food and Wine since early 1969...Contents on THIS website Copyright 1994 - 2024 by Gothic Epicures Writing, NOW CELEBRATING MORE THAN 55 YEARS OF PRINT AND ONLINE REPORTAGE ABOUT WINES, BEERS, SPIRITS AND FOOD !!!

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  • This is the World Wine Watch Newsletter Online, as created by Dean Tudor, principal owner of Gothic Epicures Writing, a wine and food consulting business, and member (currently, Treasurer) of the Wine Writers' Circle of Canada This is the website version of the EMAILnewsletter. The WWWO has been online since 1994! These wines, globally distributed, are available for sale within the province of Ontario, Canada.

    I'm now entering my 55th YEAR of wine writing. My first wine review was of Brights Manor St. David Red NV, 95 cents at the LCBO (1969): "full, firm, dusty fruit, not useful as a sipper but okay with food, weird but Ontario-style finish". My first Editorial Comment in 1970 was about how expensive and unjustified wine prices were in restaurants and hotels.

    Remember, it's not hard to be a wine writer: you just have to have opinions about wines and find someone to pay you for those opinions. You also have to recognize that there's nothing really free, and that you're getting wine samples, invites, dinners, trips and parties not because you're so great and so cool. You get these perks because it serves a purpose: ultimately, it's a wine writer's job in association with "our industry partners" to sell wine. You might even want to read "Oxford Companion to Wine" on the differences between a wine WRITER and a wine CRITIC. "The secret of wine writing is not simply to share opinions, but to give readers the confidence to have their own." -- Giles Kime. Or, put another way, "He who refines the public taste is a public benefactor" -- Dr. Samuel Johnson

    TRIGGER WARNING ALERT!!!! --- As always, I do what I can to produce publications and data which are pleasing in every way and devoid of error. Life, however, mocks my efforts. Prices change, and sometimes I live to regret the clever turns of phrase that seemed so very right at the time. I apologize for errors of fact, ill-conceived metaphors, mistakes of spelling or pronunciation, opinions that will come back to haunt me in years to come, and solecisms of every description. Like you, I try my damnedest, but it doesn't always work. Still, perhaps next time. So on to THE DISCLAIMER --

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