About Robert Whitley

Robert Whitley

Robert Whitley

Robert Whitley  has been an avid wine collector since the early 1970s, and a wine aficionado and journalist since 1990, when he undertook the wine column for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Since, Whitley's career includes stops at Newsday, The Washington Post, Washington Daily News, Charlotte Observer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The San Diego Union-Tribune. 

Whitley is the director of director of four major international wine competitions -- the Critics Challenge, Sommelier Challenge, Winemaker Challenge and San Diego International Wine Competition.

Wine Review Online was originally conceived by this journalist and publisher as an all-encompassing platform for the many talented wine journalists he encountered while traveling for his column, Whitely on Wine, for Creators Syndicate.

Now, with the Creators Syndicate's "Wine Talk " column, Whitley's expertise are respected internationally. He has judged wine competitions in the United States, as well as major wine fairs and expositions around the world. He also hosts two weekly radio shows -- Whitley On Wine and the Gourmet Club -- at www.SignOnSanDiego.com.

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Wine-Pairing Myths Jan 19, 2021

If you find it useful when someone suggests a specific food to pair with a specific wine, you aren't alone. I appreciate the advice and often make my own suggestions. Fresh crab with Chablis; oysters with Musc... Read More

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The Cork Problem Jan 12, 2021

You may recall the issue of so-called cork taint that ravaged the wine industry not so long ago. Many natural corks were infected with a compound called TCA (short for trichloroanisole, which forms through interactions between plant phenols, chlorine... Read More

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Big Winners of 2020 Jan 05, 2021

The many setbacks of 2020 notwithstanding, there were numerous bright spots for the wine industry over the course of the year. As regular readers of this column know, I oversee four major international wine competitions. The insights I gain as I dige... Read More

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2020 Hindsight Dec 29, 2020

Sometime around late February or early March, the biannual Grands Jours de Bourgogne was canceled. It was followed shortly thereafter by postponement, then cancellation of the annual en primeurs tastings hosted in Bordeaux by the Union des Grands Cru... Read More