New Zealand worries about illegal substances occurring naturally in their wine. We're more worried about legal substances occuring unnaturally in our water.   Appellation labelling laws change in Burgundy, specifically in Beaujolais. It doesn't affect us much, but the politics are interesting.   Erik Lars Myers of thinks aggregate beer ratings are crap. Conisder critical writing: beer is democratic while wine is autocratic. Usually.   Johnnie Walker master blender Jim Beveridge in an interview with Discussed: the upcoming Johnnie Walker Double Black. Sounds exciting. Also discussed: blends as expression v. single malts.   Wine Enthusiast Magazine releases their Top 100 Best Buys of 2011. It may be early for year-end lists, but this isn't a bad one.   Thoughts?