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Robert Parker Apologizes, Wine Comes to Sports Talk Radio
- General Interest
- Written by Fred Swan
- Monday, 05 March 2012 21:25
eBob Apoligizes for Being Excessively Popular
Alice Fering will be disappointed. Robert Parker, or at least eRobertParker.com apologized today. But the apology wasn't for giving high ratings to bold wines. Rather, it was for having ratings of bold wines — 2009 Bordeaux — that were more popular than the eRobertParker.com servers could handle. The online edition of Robert Parker's 2009 Bordeaux report went online late last week, along with the rest of The Wine Advocate #199. Apparently, all of eBob's subscribers wanted to read it — at the every same time.
I admit to being part of the problem but I was also a victim thereof. I wanted to read Antonio Galloni's Sonoma Report. Load times on the site varied from long to "come back another day." Online subscribers received the following message by email today:
"The release of the 2009 Bordeaux review created massive attention around the globe. With that came absolutely unprecedented traffic to eRobertParker.com. We took a number of measures in advance to handle the anticipated load but, despite them, the traffic was overwhelming. For this we offer our sincere apologies. We take customer service very seriously and we believe that providing you with the world's best and most responsive source of wine information is our essential mission.
We have already started planning for a substantial technology upgrade to the site to make sure we don't disappoint you again. We anticipate having these upgrades in place before we post the April issue."
Another Bob Get's My Hopes Up
I was on a midday drive today, looking to score some bubbly at a local shop. My ears perked up when I heard Bob Fitzgerald of sports talk behemoth KNBR repeatedly tease a great wine story. I was disappointed but not entirely suprised when the story turned out to be about a wine called "Sexual Chocolate." The story is genuinely interesting and Fitzgerald has a familial connection to Cal Poly. But I suspect the time wouldn't have made the broadcast if the wine was just called "SLO Down Wines Red Blend."
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