quote:Originally posted by Altaholic:
I posted earlier in this thread and, to a large extent, I defended Gary. I think that Gary has been good for wine appreciation, has brought a lot of positive attention to wine, and has broadened wine drinkers in getting them to try new things. Tanglenet was merely stating an opinion and it happens to be an opinion that I agree with. Gary is not a critic in the truest sense of the word. Sure, he evaluates wines but what wine drinker doesn't? If Gary is critic then everybody that drinks wine and forms an opinion of the wine is a critic. I do not care that Gary occasionally evaluates wines that he does not carry, that does not make him a wine critic and do not become deluded into thinking that he is one.
As far as Eric carrying Gary's scores on CT, there was probably some sort of a handsome financial arrangement between the two of them that made it worthwhile for Eric to do so. IMO, this is a questionable arrangement.
On another note, Brandon, why are all of the Vanyiacs (sp?) so defensive about the comments relating to Gary? It seems that if there ever is any discussion on this forum that is not 100% positive for Gary, the Vanyiacs are here in droves to support Gary and bash the opinions of others. It's a fact that we can express opinions without getting bashed for doing so.
Kahuna may be right, a lot of us hang with Gary and when he gets questioned sometimes we defend him as a friend and maybe we aren't as neutral as we should be. I'm not trying to bash anyone here and I respect the opinions. Gary's a big boy and can take care of himself.
It's unfortunate that Gary had to be a succesful business man first and then a wine rater after that. The questioning of his real intentions will never cease because he will always make money off of most wines he tastes. I've met him and I don't think the intentions are to sell more wine. Upsetting people like Joseph Phelps can never be good for business but Gary charges ahead just like WS, Tanzer, and Parker.
Isn't it WS's business to sell ads? How can they be considered true critics when they sell a mag based on advertising dollars? Same deal.