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Robert Parker

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WINE WRITING – WHAT IS IT?

I recently read an article written by Richard Jennings on the 10th annual Professional Wine Writers Symposium where Robert Parker appeared for the first time and was the featured speaker. It is a rather lengthy article that summarizes the event so I can only imagine what the actual event was like (You can read the entire […]

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POLYESTER WINES

“Polyester Wines” is the title of a Wall Street Journal article by Robert Draper reviewing Edward Humes’ book A Man and His Mountain. The book is the biography of Kendall-Jackson winery founder Jess Stonestreet Jackson and Mr. Draper is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and National Geographic. The sidebar to the article says […]

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A SHIFTING LANDSCAPE

  INTRODUCTION Allen R. Balik is a Underground contributing editor (to read his biography click here) who also writes a bi-weekly wine column in the On Wine section of the Napa Valley Register. The article below first appeared in the February 21, 2013 edition of Napa Valley Register. It speaks to the subject of wine and […]

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Is “Sanity” Returning To The Market?

Is “Sanity” is returning to the market? Recently I have received offers on 2006 Petrus and Ausone that are down about two-thirds from the peak. These are wines that received scores “only” in the low to mid-90s. So far four figure pricing only holds in Robert Parker-anointed, best of the century (frequently twice, thrice a decade) vintages.

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VINOUS DRIVE-BY — IT’S THE DRIVE-BY SIP AND SPIT!

Vinous Drive-By — It’s The Drive-By Sip and Spit!
As crazy as it sounds this actually happened. It was reported in a column by wine writer Dennis Schaefer in our local newspaper, The Santa Barbara News Press, On October 7, 2010. It seems that wine critic Robert Parker comes to our area once a year to taste local wines.

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PAST LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Over the years, with the old Underground Wineletter, we received many interesting letters.  Some complimentary, some less so, some critical, some constructive, etc.  I think you get the picture.  From this, I chose a selected cross section of letters to publish written replies.  One of these appeared in Volume III, #1 in 1981. We decided […]

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THE UNDERGROUND IS BACK!

Some 40 years ago, I started my pursuit of learning about wine.  It had never been a part of my life until after Laurie and I were married in 1967.  At that time, I said to her that there has to be something better than “Red Mountain,” a jug wine that sold for a few […]

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