Who's reading who? I'm a big admirer of Peter Liem, Jordan MacKay (although only about France - every other region seems slightly less inspired), Jay McInerney, Kelli White (obviously) and anything coming out of Noble Rot Magazine.
I'm trying to expand my reading selections - are there any other writers/outlets people really love? I'm interested in experts and keen observers alike - I'm currently reading The Accidental Connoisseur by Lawrence Osborne and although slightly smug, I love it.
"Jon Bonné on Wine" via Punchdrink.com is great. That entire site produces awesome content actually.
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Are there modern writers that you particularly admire Kelli?
I love Kelli but also need to point to Bryce Wiatrak! Also we all know of the Oxford Companion but there are some delicious Jancis gems in there. Just look up La Clape.
Indeed! Bryce is the best!
Oh man, too many to list. I still look forward to reading Eric Asimov every week, and I love of course what Elaine Brown does. Jon is great, obviously. Esther Mobley has been killing it! I love how she weaves politics and economics and history into her work. I lost the Roederer Emerging Writer a few years ago to Zachary Sussman, which is when I started reading him. I was like, ok I see why he won. He's really great, I think was writing for Punch but I don't see his name around much these days. Katherine Cole is tremendous, very witty and playful. I love her books. I recently told Remy Charest he is my frenemy because he covers geeky science stuff for SevenFifty (but I love his work). Miquel Hudin is never afraid to tell it like it is. I admire his honesty and also his skill as a writer and taster. I'm a total fan-girl for Giulia Meloni who writes very dry, dense academic work in wine.
Needless to say there are a lot of established, classic, and historic writers I love and admire (Jancis, Jefford, Johnson, oh my!), but you asked for the "modern" ones....
Also Matt Stamp deserves a mention. I really love his writing and as much as I adore Compline, I can't help but lament that it keeps him away from the page!
I think I'll be quoting, "Miquel Hudin is never afraid to tell it like it is" somewhere, maybe my first tattoo, maybe. #hugs
But you're one of the reasons I keep subscribing here! (That and Kruth has dirt on me...)
Funny you mention this as I was just reading a piece by Ed Vulliamy about Peter Handke's Nobel prize:
"For what it’s worth, my understanding of journalism is that you walk a straight line and report what’s true. This turns out to be not especially lucrative and harder than it should be."
I think this goes pentuple in the wine world if not more.
You should use it as your epitaph. Mine is going to be, "not meant for further aging."
aw shucks. Thanks Kelli White!
Jancis is excellent and Hugh Johnson is a classic.
I 100% agree about Esther: I think she's the correct model to follow for anyone who is looking to write about wine for a wider audience, as she does a tremendous job of weaving together the specifics of wine with broader political, social, and economic trends, which can sometimes be tricky to do when you're as close to wine as many of us.
Surprised no one mentioned Andrew Jefford