Date: 11-Jul-2005 17:32
Author: Bob Ross, New Jersey Email
Subject: How About John Lahart?
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Only positive stuff, Steve. I know he had a rep, but not on the boards I frequented at the time. I did like one quote which I kept as a sample of his writing, and I think, quite a sensible approach to wine and wine lovers.
"I generally agree with what was presented however, I disagree that a) the drive to please consumers is leading to a dearth of shelf space for exciting wines. This is simply not true. There are more truely interesting wines out there today. If not for the "dumbing down" it is questionable whether or not the rapid rise of new world wines would have taken place. b) most of us (wine lovers) fail to see one huge fact of life: most people do not want or have the inclination to become wine lovers. They simply want a "pleasant" beverage to enjoy with their food or on the terrace at dusk. A perfect analogy is in the automotive world: Most folks just want basic reliable transportation hence the proliferation of Toyota Camry's and the scarcity of Porsche 911's."