The end is nigh

WVN banner 062114 (2)In my newsletter this week I have written the following:

This is the last edition of my newsletter to be distributed as an email attachment.
I started writing the Winesights Vintages Newsletter on December 8, 2005 with a readership of some 11 friends (most of whom still receive the bi-weekly update).

The first words from my digital pen read as follows:

“My friends and colleagues ask constantly “What wines would you recommend for… this occasion… this type of cuisine… this company… the 2000 Bordeaux vintage… etc, etc.” Put on the spot I am always at a loss – What do you like? What are you prepared to pay? Is the wine I recommend available? Do we share similar tastes? …in short, I have more questions than answers. As a result I rarely have a quick, helpful response.

To take the pressure off my back and to be as helpful as I can, I came up with a solution last weekend: send to friends, colleagues and other wine lovers I know, an e-mail with my suggestions from the current LCBO Vintages catalogue.

In this case, I am sending you my biased recommendations from the December 10, 2005 release.”

I still get questions such as the above and it is easy to suggest that the curious wine lover send me an email so they may subscribe to my newsletter. Currently there are some 250+ subscribers who receive my notes every two weeks.

I have been diligent in my pursuit to be independent of any third party influences in my newsletter and despite invitations from some well-known wine writers I have remained independent and do not contribute to any other sites. My wife would argue I’m too independent: I promised in some moment of weakness never to charge subscribers for my newsletter and I have stayed true to that promise.

Effective with the next Vintages release I will no longer distribute this newsletter as an email attachment. This is a move I had planned to do at some point but my decision was accelerated by the pending effective date of the Canada Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), July 1, 2014.

For the past few years I have occasionally posted articles and wine reviews from WVN to my blog, Starting with the next Vintages release the blog will be the only place you will find my thoughts.



Author: John Switzer

I am wine writer, educator and tour guide. From 2005 to June 2014 I published a bi-weekly newsletter, the Winesights Vintages Newsletter (WVN). This Newsletter was closed in July 2014 when the Government of Canada put in place the onerous administrative requirements of Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation. The legacy of WVN continues on this blog spot where I post wine-related articles as well as reviews of a small selection of best-value wines from each bi-weekly LCBO Vintages release. I hold the WSET Diploma, I am a WSET Certified Educator, I teach in the WSET program at the Independent Wine Education Guild in Toronto where I am the past Director of the WSET Diploma program. Since 2010 I have been a judge at Decanter World Wine Awards on the Rhône panel and I am a member of the Society of Wine Educators.

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