Regarding my post of yesterday about The New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov (you can read it here), I heard from Asimov again this morning via email. He didn't answer the questions I asked, but rather issued a statement; here's his note in full:
I want to reply briefly to your points.
1. The fact that Vitaly Paley's mother is my younger son's piano teacher is irrelevant to the story.
2. In retrospect, I probably should not have participated in the wine event at Paleys' Place.
I'd like to discuss it with him in more depth...especially about his coverage vis-à-vis the Times' "Company Policy on Ethics in Journalism," but he's in France (and blogging about the difficulties with his cellphone), so we'll have to do it via email.