The Quarterly Review of Wines, a 35-year-old wine bible, ceased publication at the end of last year, a move that went unnoticed by the press until now, minonline reports.
Why? Well, the usual, said publisher Richard Elia recently: “upcoming retirements, the magazine world is in perilous shape, advertising is down, the digital age is king, out-of-state wine delivery problems.”
That, and the romance is just gone, he says. Since people are more concerned with toys and being able to quickly look up a wine’s score on their cell phones, it just isn’t fun anymore.
Tell that to the magazine’s 25 contributors, though, and they’ll probably say they wished the magazine had stuck around, “romance” or not.