Robert Paker sent this supportive and upbeat note via email to subscribers this morning:
You may have seen news circulating online about Antonio Galloni's announcement to venture out on his own. He told me a few hours before the news broke, and I can't say I was surprised that he didn't want to be an employee in our new structure, as he was brought on as an independent contractor. I fully understand his decision and, as I told him, he has done a great job over the last six years and has a brilliant future, in my opinion. He will be missed, but we want you to know we will continue to generate great content and superb reviews. We support Antonio, his work ethic, integrity and grasp of new wine regions - which is fabulous and something to be admired. As much as I hate to see Antonio go in a different direction, I am happy for him and his family and wish him all the good fortune he most deservedly merits.
We are currently in the process of making the most of the expertise of our existing team while also obtaining the services of new talented writers. We expect to have information in this regard to share with you very soon. Meanwhile, it's business as usual at the Wine Advocate with an exciting issue about to go out at the end of February, which includes my reviews of the 2010 Bordeaux wines (in bottle) as well as in-depth regional reports from Neal Martin, David Schildknect, Antonio Galloni, Mark Squires and Lisa Perrotti-Brown.
All my best,