December 2008

The Un-Rant

By: Anthony Dias Blue
I just looked over the editor letters I’ve written so far this year and they certainly are cranky.

I have railed against vodka “Martinis,” restaurant attitude, rampant bloggers, low acidity in wine and ill-advised  social legislation. I even grumbled about how people hold their wine glasses incorrectly.  If you didn’t know me, you’d think I was a real sourpuss. A bitter guy with no sense of humor. The sort of guy who kicks dogs. The kind of person who thinks Geico commercials are funny.

Well, that’s not me. I’m really a happy-go-lucky kind of guy. I like kids, cute puppies, rosé. I’ve even been known to watch Dancing with the Stars. So if you tuned in to witness another pile-on—another angry rant—you might as well turn the page. I’m intent upon showing my warm and fuzzy side this month.

First, I want to say how gratified I am at the enthusiastic reception THE TASTING PANEL has gotten from all quarters of our industry. We have received countless congratulatory emails and notes from people who have thought well enough of us to take the time to tell us. (Yes, there have been a few negative messages, but they number fewer than ten.) With this issue—our twentieth—it is safe to say we have found a niche in the beverage industry. Thank you so much for making us feel so welcome in your workplaces and so important to your way of doing business.

It has taken a lot of hard work to effect the dramatic makeover of what was once PATTERSON’S. Much of the credit goes to our tireless and creative Publisher, Meridith May, who has realized her long-time dream of delivering an entertaining, relevant magazine to the industry. Equally important to our success is Managing Editor David Gadd, whose talented eyes and fingers have touched and polished every page. Our energetic staff has cheerfully provided all the back-up and follow-through we have needed. Thanks also to the intelligent, talented writers and photographers whose words and images have graced our pages.

It is great fun having a soapbox from which to spout opinions and ideas, but it’s even better to be able to entertain and amuse while being relevant (there’s that word again) and useful. Thank you for your continued support. Next time I’ll be cranky again. I promise.


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