Manuel Camblor, a man of excellent taste (obviously) has cited my coverage of the Climate Change conferece. Manuel's (found at http://blogs.larioja.com/otrabotella/posts),is all in Spanish (his February 26th entry) so I had no idea what he wrote, until I had my friend Liz, translate. ++ I have the good fortune to have friends with freedom and access [to attend the Barcelona conference on Wine and Climate Change]. Alice Feiring, whose name you have read here on repeated occasions, was in Barcelona a week ago for the conference. Alice shares my intolerance for the petulant manner in which the great wine industry constantly tries to bullshit everyone, pushing oenological techno nonsense. Being as she is, the indefatigable champion of Terroir, wine agriculture without tricks, true wine, her reports are for me, almost like being there. Tremendously well-informed, astute and caustic, Alice doesn't allow many to escape. A few days ago I wrote with great indignation based on reports from Decanter.com and Catavino that even though they are good they don't give me an infinitesimal fraction of the perspective that Alice provides. ++ This all made me think once again about the difference between my blogging and my other life as a writer-for-hire. This blog is the inner workings of my access, sometimes peppered with Alice-isms that no real paper or magazine would tolerate. Which is why I started this thing in the first place. Thanks for the kind words, Manuel.