Another Good Boy Lost
This is what I used to say when my friends got married! However, this time it applies to Tim Atkin’s wine column in The Observer which is about to be crushed. This Sunday will be the last time it will appear in full as it is going to be reduced to an indication of price points in the future. The responses of some of the people on the Guardian website to Tim’s last article on why wine critics are useful is mind boggling. Of course, if you don’t like wine or only drink it to get drunk, his column is no use at all. Tabloid editors are short sighted and stupid. People who read serious wine columns are eager to LEARN more about wine and shouldn’t be prevented from doing so by some little floosie who knows nothing at all about it. They probably know a bit more about food so that is why you get screeds on the different kinds of Balsamic vinegar instead of the malt kind. Compare this attitude with newspapers in serious wine producing countries. Let’s have no more of “if you spend more than £5 on a bottle of wine you need your head examined” nor does the wine have to be available on every hight street in the land. You may not agree with everything that Tim recommends but at least it’s educational and he does know the difference between value for money and downright cheap, which in my book is just about as useful as you can get.