Blog: Olly WehringWine tasting etiquette

Olly Wehring | 17 November 2009

Young wine critic Matt Skinner has been stung in the UK this week after it emerged that he does not taste all of the wines that are recommended in his annual guide.

Skinner, an Australian who became a household name in the UK as the wine guru for chef Jamie Oliver, did not taste all of the wines recommended in his The Juice 2010 book.

Having thought about it, and weighed up Skinner and the publisher's excuse that "a lot of the wines in the book are consistent each vintage", this looks bad.

Publishing deadlines or not, this sort of practice undermines consumer confidence in the authority of wine critics - which could be detrimental for the industry.


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