I've pretty much given up on the Wine Spectator. My subscription will not be renewed when it comes due next, especially since they have instituted an incredibly draconian policy which basically puts every shred of content on their site behind a login (which costs $49 a year). Mostly though I'm tired of their weak writing, shameless advertising dependency, and narrowmindedness.
However, it might be worth visiting a newsstand near you to read (if not purchase and read) the article in the current issue about women in the wine world. Its well researched and written, if a bit predictable, but its a great celebration of some fantastic women who have made indelible marks on the wine industry and some who are doubtless going to.
It's wrongly a male dominated world of wine and I enjoyed seeing the achievements of these women celebrated. Check it out.
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