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Wine, Wine, Wine … Whine’s about Wine?

Wines 1

About 8 or 9 years ago, I started keeping notes about meals I ate in restaurants and this, back in 2012, morphed into a blog that began with restaurant reviews and expended into the ‘Sybaritica’ of today…

At the same time as I began keeping notes on meals, however, I also started recording my experiences with various wines I tasted. At that time,  I didn’t feel I had enough knowledge about wine to start doing reviews, nor was I all that accomplished at suggesting pairings, and so, thus far, I have largely ignored wine as a subject for my posts. I am wondering, though, whether that should change, and, if possible, I would like to get some feedback, both on the subject of whether I should start doing wine reviews here on my blog, and, also,  with respect to a computer application I have written for those who would like to keep notes of their own wine adventures…

Wines 2

First, after starting to keep records of wines I tasted, I began to take a real interest in the subject and started to study it and increase my general understanding. One thing I notoced, when I looked at wine reviews posted on the internet by others, was that you rarely come across analyses that conclude that a given wine totally sucks… and, let’s face it, some of them do just that.  Now, possibly, there is some sort of unspoke rule that one should only give a review if one has something positive to say but I don’t want to continue that tradition myself. If enough of my readers express an interest, I would like to embark on a new (and sometimes brutally honest) ‘chapter’ for my blog so, please, let me know …


Wines 3

Finally … this is a screen shot of the application I wrote to keep track of my wine tasting experiences. It is still a work in progress (a continuing ‘Beta’ if you will), but I wouldn’t mind sharing with some of my readers if they would like to try it out. Unfortunately, the application file itself (independently of the data files) is almost 28 Mb in size so I can’t send it to too many people. I f you would like to have a look, though, please let me know…



I am a lawyer by profession and my practice is Criminal... I mean, I specialize in Criminal law. My work involves travelling on Court circuits to remote Arctic communities. In between my travels I write a Food blog at

2 thoughts on “Wine, Wine, Wine … Whine’s about Wine?

  1. John, I think honesty in reviews is important. You may be in a better position, but I know many bloggers are wary of the negative review because of legal liabilities. I think there are ways to describe something you don’t like without getting into a legal tangle but some people have found themselves at the end of a letter from a legal practitioner…
    I think you should do wines. I can’t drink but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t read the reviews.

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