Several of the senior writers and editors at the Wine Spectator have posted their reactions to this "event". In the larger sense, it is now up to individual readers to decide what they think of the affair..... Those comments can be found at http://forums.winespectator.com/eve/for ... /835102245
As for me:
(a) If I read about a restaurant and cannot contact them by phone, I simply do not go to dine there either as a critic or as a over of dining out.
(b) Honest errors do occur. The questions that may remain for some, however, is how honest the error might have been andif it could have been avoided.
(c) The whole "affair" simply reinforces to me my skepticism about the validity and value of competitions in general, especially of competitions that have both a panel decision-making process and are done for profit.
(d) And let us not forget one very important question...... was this, as the Spectator feels, "a scam" or was it in fact a valid and intelligent way of demonstrating the lack of validity of their "awards"?