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I can't even take a week off without things falling apart!

Postby ChaimShraga » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:10 am

So the Wine Doctor is no longer a free site? It's a good thing I managed to finish my purchases in Amboise while I could still access the tasting notes.

I've actually been reading Chris for longer than I ever have Parker or WS.
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Re: I can't even take a week off without things falling apart!

Postby David M. Bueker » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:04 am

Chris offered an explanation elsewhere.

It's too bad, as in an effort to limit my purchases I am jettisoning all pay publications/sites.
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Re: I can't even take a week off without things falling apart!

Postby Tim York » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:08 am

Yes this is disappointing news. He is IMO one of the finest wine writers around. I hoped that as a practising doctor, paediatrician I believe, he would continue to regard wine writing as a hobby, albeit an expensive and a time consuming one.

I wish him well but I will not be subscribing. There is still a plethora of both good and free wine writing out there.
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Re: I can't even take a week off without things falling apart!

Postby Mark Lipton » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:26 am

David M. Bueker wrote:Chris offered an explanation elsewhere.

It's too bad, as in an effort to limit my purchases I am jettisoning all pay publications/sites.


Why would not subscribing to those publications reduce your purchases, David? The only thing that would reduce mine would be to unsubscribe from those email lists that daily proclaim the fabulous bargains to be had on such outstanding wines. :D

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Re: I can't even take a week off without things falling apart!

Postby David M. Bueker » Tue Apr 02, 2013 11:39 am

I have unsubscribed to most of those e-mails as well.

Reading stuff such as what Chris puts up entices me to buy.
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Re: I can't even take a week off without things falling apart!

Postby Dale Williams » Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:23 pm

I wish Chris the best, good writer.

I'm down to one paid subscription (View from the Cellar) and not planning on adding. I've certainly visited Chris's site semi-regularly (once or twice a month?), and will miss it. But for me is was more about a handy factual reference for Bordeaux and Loire producers, and if I want to know normal cepage of a Graves producer I can find elsewhere.

I certainly believe people should be paid for their labors, and wish him the best of luck.
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Re: I can't even take a week off without things falling apart!

Postby Sam Platt » Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:24 pm

Mark Lipton wrote:The only thing that would reduce mine would be to unsubscribe from those email lists that daily proclaim the fabulous bargains to be had on such outstanding wines.

I'm a sucker for any email blast that offers free shipping - "... But honey, they would only ship at no extra charge if I bought at least 5 cases of the Blue Nun!" The WTSO mobile app does me in as well. It is one touch purchasing... not to mention "free shipping."

I'm also a dupe for bargains in wine shops. One of the 21st Amendment Wine Galleries in Indy is offering 30% off select wines and an additional 20% off the discounted price for any wine with a price ending in "7". We have spent hours combing through their wines. I never pass by a cut-out bin without eye-balling at every single wine either.
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Re: I can't even take a week off without things falling apart!

Postby Mark Lipton » Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:41 pm

Sam Platt wrote:I'm also a dupe for bargains in wine shops. One of the 21st Amendment Wine Galleries in Indy is offering 30% off select wines and an additional 20% off the discounted price for any wine with a price ending in "7". We have spent hours combing through their wines. I never pass by a cut-out bin without eye-balling at every single wine either.


That's a behavior, Sam, that I developed browsing book stores and record shops in my misbegotten youth. If I had more interesting wine stores at my immediate disposal, no doubt I'd do the same thing. Fortunately for my pocketbook, no such stores are at hand. :D

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Re: I can't even take a week off without things falling apart!

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:37 pm

Tim York wrote:Yes this is disappointing news. He is IMO one of the finest wine writers around. I hoped that as a practising doctor, paediatrician I believe, he would continue to regard wine writing as a hobby, albeit an expensive and a time consuming one.

I wish him well but I will not be subscribing. There is still a plethora of both good and free wine writing out there.


I am with you Tim. I have written to Chris about my disappointment and he replied with a very nice response. I will miss the Loire stuff for sure. :(
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