The reader didn’t mince any words: “This is the third time I have attempted to purchase a wine you recommended in your column only to find that one or more of the locations you identified as carrying the wine was listed erroneously. … As for me, I will ignore your reviews in future since the prospect of actually obtaining the wine is remote.”
Fortunately, this wasn’t a blog reader; rather, it was someone castigating Dave McIntyre of the Washington Post. But it could have been someone here – or anywhere in the wine world, for that matter. Availability is the bane of the wine writer’s existence, and there is very little we can do about it.
Did Dave’s reader have a right to expect the wine to be in that particular store? He did. But it wasn’t Dave’s fault that it wasn’t there, because wine doesn’t work that way. After the jump: Why that’s the case, and why not much can be done about it.