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Another New Face in Wine Reviewing
For our first twelve years in business, we only used Wine Spectator, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast for our wine reviews. However, over the last six years, we have more than doubled the number of reviewers we rely on.
First, James Suckling left Wine Spectator after 25 years and began reviewing wine online at James Suckling.com. Then Robert Parker sold Wine Advocate, and his lead reviewer Antonio Galloni left and founded Vinous. Now Wine Advocate's Rhône and California reviewer Jeb Dunnick has struck out on his own at jebdunnuck.com.
You may not know it, but Jeb is the guy who has been finding all the great wines from the Rhône and Languedoc in Southern France and Washington State, so it's hard to give him up. He is using the same no advertising, subscription-based model that Wine Advocate, James Suckling and Vinous use.
Here is a little bit of background on him.
An aerospace engineer by training, Jeb Dunnuck grew up on a farm near Muncie, Indiana and graduated from Ball State. In 1996 when he was he was 21, living abroad and traveling through Europe he became interested in fine wine.
Moving to upstate New York in 1999 to work for Lockheed Martin, and later to Colorado in 2001 to work for Ball Aerospace, he traveled extensively throughout the wine regions of Europe and the United States, where he quickly developed a passion for the wines of the Rhône Valley and the Rhône Ranger Movement in California and Washington. To gain a better understanding of the business side of the wine industry, he took a temporary wine retail position in 2006.
Jeb launched the “The Rhône Report” publication and website in 2008 and began releasing a quarterly newsletter reviewing Rhône variety wines from around the world. Completely independent and including coverage on wines from France, Spain, Australia, and both California and Washington in the United States, the publication continued to gain in popularity and subscribers, and by 2013, was read in over 24 countries and seen as one of the leading authorities on Rhône variety wines.
In 2013, after being approached by Robert Parker to join The Wine Advocate team, Jeb gave up his engineering career and wrote full-time for the Wine Advocate. Described as a younger version of himself by Robert M. Parker Jr., Dunnuck was the leading reviewer for California, Washington and Southern France from 2013 to 2017, publishing more reviews than any other professional reviewer.
In 2017, Jeb decided to leave the Wine Advocate and go back to his roots as an independent wine critic, launching his own publication JebDunnuck.com. Through the platform, Dunnuck offers coverage of wines from California, Washington, Southern France and Bordeaux, while seeking out discoveries from around the world.
He resides in Colorado, with his wife Traci and dog Ella, where he pretends to rock climb and race a bicycle.
March 21, 2018