How a Wine Reviewer Considers Wine in Context with Virginie Boone


How a Wine Reviewer Considers Wine in Context with Virginie Boone

Contributing Editor Virginie Boone has been with Wine Enthusiast since 2010, and reviews the wines of Napa and Sonoma. Boone began her writing career with Lonely Planet travel guides, which eventually led to California-focused wine coverage.

In this episode with Virginie, she and I dig into the life of a wine reviewer and how Wine Enthusiast works to be as non-biased and democratic with scores. We chat about the future role of the wine reviewer within the market and how the wine experience could use some adjusting and what millennials expect when they go wine tasting. Then we discuss some of the biggest global challenges that the industry is facing.

In this episode we mention…
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Wine Enthusiast Podcast
The Press Democrat
Dan Petroski, Massican

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