Online wine writer feels wrath of grape lover
Published on Tuesday January 01, 2013
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Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS Wine expert Natalie MacLean displays wines that match vegetables and fruits at her home in Ottawa in this 2008 photograph.
Nancy J. White
An Ottawa wine writer used reviews from other writers on her website without properly crediting them. And as if that’s not ripe enough, a U.S. online wine magazine says she requires some wineries to buy a subscription to her website before she’ll review their wines.
Call it a tempest in a wine bottle. Writer Natalie MacLean has uncorked a debate about journalism etiquette and ethics online and touched off an oenophilic flap that’s produced underlying acidity and a bitter aftertaste in the usually genteel subculture.