I found myself reading Time magazine today, quite literally a found copy, and I was struck by how poor a magazine it has become. No longer satisfied with supplying the news, it has become a series or articles pushing an us against them agenda, desperately in search of demons and willing to vilify the opposition at the slightest suggestion of a division. What was most striking about my hour spent with the magazine was the reliance on estimates and opinions while purportedly reporting on the news. Most glaring in the face of all the little morsels of facts the magazine now offers those of us with less than a two minute attention span to digest. Thank you internet.

This might seem an odd way to begin an article on wine, but the whole experience got me to thinking. Thinking about the world of wine reporting today and how it sadly mirrors what one finds on Time's pages. Wine reporting is suffering from the same fate. We write today not only to inform our audience, but at the same time to attack those we disagree with. Take the recent report from the Association of Wine Economists that purports to show that the power of the internet is breaking down the walls of traditional wine media. The paper takes a look at the data on Cellartracker.com, and their evidence finds:

"a significant direct relationship between the wine evaluations to which respondents were exposed and their own subsequent wine evaluations."