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This is 2007, not 1957. There have been woman astronauts, women running for president, women airline pilots, women CEOs, women Secretary of State, women in charge of every facet of our society for a long time. Why is a woman sommelier something that anyone would even think twice about, and why is a male sommelier automatically snooty? The last part of the article I thought was gratuitious and mean. In our business we meet between 1,000-3,000 peopla A WEEK. If 2 people out of one thousand don't like me, I'm way ahead of the game. Does this make sense to anyone?

I also thought the article was characteristically fluffy. Whoever thinks twice about a female sommelier just doesn't get out enough.

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I agree with you Mark - who thinks twice about a woman sommelier??

Hey, sommeliers have gotten rid of the Tastevin lugging around their neck, anyone with a good attitude should be welcome by any diner!

And the last bit about the complaining couple only brings up the point that people who dine out can be difficult - particularly if they lack wine or "dining" knowledge - this couple was committed to a particular wine - they wanted their Moscato, and nobody was going to change their mind - YESSIREEE BOB!

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Nadine Brown was a charming presence at our annual wine dinner (held this year at Charlie Palmers). I was delighted to give her the remainder of my 3L of 89 Prieure Lichine to enjoy with her staff. A very down to earth lady who knows her wine though she was somewhat overwhelmed with the quantity and quality of the wines we brought to drink with each other.

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I was struck by that too. I've never been to the restaurant or had opportunity to meet her myself, but I thought devoting a fifth of the article to one couple's complaints was beyond gratuitous.
All it showed me is that the complainers were weasels, and that she handled it as graciously as could be expected given that they were openly hostile.

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Today's column deals with Summer's conundrum - what to serve with ripe tomatoes. They suggest pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, albariño and CHARDONNAY? Not a peep about riesling, gruner veltliner, savennieres. Chardonnay and tomato vinaigrette is one of the most disgusting food collisions you can put in your mouth. If you don't believe me- try it.

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Today's column deals with Summer's conundrum - what to serve with ripe tomatoes. They suggest pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, albariño and CHARDONNAY? Not a peep about riesling, gruner veltliner, savennieres. Chardonnay and tomato vinaigrette is one of the most disgusting food collisions you can put in your mouth. If you don't believe me- try it.

That's interesting. I wonder if perhaps the editors added that at the end, thinking you can't suggest a range of white wines and not include Chardonnay. Just as people might watch Fox News or Now with Bill Moyers to to have their own preferences validated for them, perhaps the editor wants to have that in there to validate the many Chardonnay people. Is there a WP wine conspiracy? :angry:

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Actually, I find the Post's wine advice quite useful. One of the picks this week, NV Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava, will come in very handy at the 7-11 when I'm trying to decide between it and the Andre Brut that's on sale.

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Actually, I find the Post's wine advice quite useful. One of the picks this week, NV Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava, will come in very handy at the 7-11 when I'm trying to decide between it and the Andre Brut that's on sale.

:lol: :lol: :)

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Actually, I find the Post's wine advice quite useful. One of the picks this week, NV Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava, will come in very handy at the 7-11 when I'm trying to decide between it and the Andre Brut that's on sale.

I've refrained from commenting on the Post's wine column up until now, but this is unbelievable.

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I've refrained from commenting on the Post's wine column up until now, but this is unbelievable.
This is not the first time they've recommended Freixenet. I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt up until the first time they did it, but that tore it. I wouldn't clean my catbox with the stuff.

It's also pretty clear that the only reason they mention the Henriot (which is gorgeous) is because they got invited to the schmoozefest tasting. Feh.

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At the risk of evaporating what minimal cred I have here, I actually enjoy Freixenet as a base for champagne punches and such, and moreover it's pretty much the only thing in the ultra-cheap bubbles category that's drinkable by itself. It's reliably manufactured, and a damn sight better than André, Great Western and the like, which I would describe as "filling a much-needed void": the best thing about them are their sturdy glass bottles. IMHO.

The P&D column, however, remains little more than an "and THEN we drank THIS" blog. I'm not learning a whole lot about typicity nor about what to avoid here.

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At the risk of evaporating what minimal cred I have here, I actually enjoy Freixenet as a base for champagne punches and such, and moreover it's pretty much the only thing in the ultra-cheap bubbles category that's drinkable by itself.

I agree completely. It's a respectable product. (But what it's doing in the WP wine column is of course another question entirely.)

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At the risk of evaporating what minimal cred I have here, I actually enjoy Freixenet as a base for champagne punches and such
Consider it evaporated :lol: Actually you can get better Cava's for only a few dollars more than Freizenet that are much better, there are also a large number of very drinkable and at the same time affordable Presecos that are again just a smidge more expensive. When I am making bubbly based cocktails these are what I go with and leave the supermarket bubbly for the 17 year old prom goers.

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The column just seems to continually select wines that people may have seen before in a store, albeit one that also sells Big Bites 24 hours a day, and they try to inform the reader "Its an ok wine." Its a joke and one has to wonder who is behind the madness, and I would hope that its someone behind the curtain, and not the writers themselves.

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The column just seems to continually select wines that people may have seen before in a store, albeit one that also sells Big Bites 24 hours a day, and they try to inform the reader "Its an ok wine." Its a joke and one has to wonder who is behind the madness, and I would hope that its someone behind the curtain, and not the writers themselves.
I keep thinking, based on no real information (and what better way to conduct a barroom discussion with oneself) that the rule is

"you can write about anything stocked at Rodman's on Wisc. Ave." But then, Rodmans has some pretty good stuff, now and then.

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Um.

Rosemount Shiraz?

Rosemount Shiraz?

Rosemount Shiraz?

Yonan, you got some splainin' to do!

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Um.

Rosemount Shiraz?

Rosemount Shiraz?

Rosemount Shiraz?

Yonan, you got some splainin' to do!

Annual production of Rosemount Estate: 3 Million Cases of wine = 36,000,000 bottles.

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Nice to see that today's column was paid for by Gallo and Fosters/Blass. Take a look here.

Great reporting! Keep up the good work!

After a day of presentations, we enjoyed the first sips of Andrew's pick this week: the NV Pommery Pop Champagne ($15/175 ml), which can be found wrapped in a red, white and blue foil version of the American flag. This well-established, high-quality house's elegant prestige Cuvee Louise can fetch upward of $300 a bottle for its 1998 vintage cuvee and 1999 rosé. We admire its efforts to make its champagne more accessible via this hip quarter-bottle size.

These must surely be two of the most inept wine columnists in the United States. This paragraph - which is representative of the column as a whole - can only be explained by corruption, naiveté, and/or contempt for the reader. Shame on you both, Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, for what appears to be gross negligence and abuse of the public trust.

It's time for them to go.

Don Rockwell

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Let this go down as the most cogent, measured, on-point, and thoroughly correct thing Rocks has ever posted at 2am. He even cites one of the least idiotic paragraphs in the whole screed.

There's a reason why the word "advertorial" sounds awkward. Because it is.

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Let this go down as the most cogent, measured, on-point, and thoroughly correct thing Rocks has ever posted at 2am. He even cites one of the least idiotic paragraphs in the whole screed.

There's a reason why the word "advertorial" sounds awkward. Because it is.

So I shouldn't think that they paid for the trip themselves? :lol:

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Annual production of Rosemount Estate: 3 Million Cases of wine = 36,000,000 bottles.
The entire production of Montalcino Italy: 600,000 cases of wine - 7,200,000 bottles. Of course not all of it is 100% Brunello Clone Sangiovese :lol:

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