Profile for Connoisseurs' Guide
About Connoisseurs' Guide:
CONNOISSEURS' GUIDE to CALIFORNIA WINE, acclaimed by the Los Angeles Times as the "oldest, most prestigious reviewer of California wines", delivers candid, unbiased opinions on several hundred wines in each monthly issue. We tell you which wines to buy and which wines to avoid. You can rely on us to pull no punches in our detailed, hard-hitting reviews, and you also get information about availability, aging potential and foods that go perfectly with each wine.
INDEPENDENT AND AUTHORITATIVE
CONNOISSEURS' GUIDE has earned a national reputation for its objectivity, expertise and integrity. We review wines in rigorous blind tastings at our own tasting table. We buy the wines we taste from independent retailers here in the San Francisco area rather than focusing on wines the producers provide. It is more expensive to do it that way, but it guarantees that what you read is what you get when you pull the cork on a wine reviewed by the GUIDE.
COMPREHENSIVE AND ACCURATE
The GUIDE gives you the results of every blind-tasted wine, not just the chosen favorites. You will learn precisely why we get excited or bored, turned on or turned off by every wine we taste. And we absolutely avoid the highly questionable practice of reviewing wines tasted at the wineries with the labels showing and the winemaker and owner at our elbows.
BEYOND WINE REVIEWS
The GUIDE is about more than wine reviews. Although reviews lie at the heart of every timely, monthly issue, the GUIDE also takes you behind the scenes to learn why the wines are turning out the way they do, provides continuing guidance about how wines have aged and delivers the results of tastings that examine how California and Pacific Northwest wines stack up against their peers from around the world. Our COLLECTORS' CORNER and California vs. the World sections bring you broad-ranging and incredibly informative coverage. Every monthly issue alerts you to GOOD VALUES, and our BEST BUYS IN THE MARKET column calls your attention to wines that are simply too good to pass up.
THE PEOPLE OF CONNOISSEURS' GUIDE
The GUIDE is written by Publisher/Editor Charles Olken in collaboration with Associate Editor Stephen Eliot. Mr. Olken co-founded CONNOISSEURS' GUIDE in 1974 to focus specifically on our emerging region because no one was then serving the needs of California wine consumers and collectors like himself Mr. Olken is also co-author of the CONNOISSEURS' HANDBOOK of CALIFORNIA WINES, a wine columnist in newspapers in California and a frequent judge at international wine competitions. Stephen Eliot is additionally the Wine Instructor at the California Culinary Academy.
A FEW WORDS OF PRAISE
All of us who publish wine journals have amassed reams of positive comments. Here, in excerpted form is a brief look at some of ours.
"No one does a better job of covering the California wine scene."-Robert M. Parker, Jr., Author/Publisher, The Wine Advocate
"When it comes to California wine, I rely on Connoisseurs' Guide."-Peter Morrell, Morrell and Sons Wine Merchants, New York City
"No publication I know of has a more rigorous, demanding tasting methodology than Connoisseurs' Guide. That is why their reviews are so reliable."-Kent Rosenblum, Rosenblum Cellars
"Connoisseurs' Guide has no peer when it comes to unraveling the complex wine scene here in California."-San Francisco Chronicle
"The best wine publication. Period."-Minneapolis Star-Tribune