Where Wine Criticism Merges into Dictating Taste
Wow…talk about the power of the wine critic.
It’s one thing to bestow a wine with a score of 75 points or one star and leave for the consumer to decide after that. It’s an altogether different thing to ban the sale of wine in an entire country because there’s something about its color, aroma or taste you don’t like.
That appears to be the case in Russia where the all powerful "Rospotrebnadzor", that country’s consumer rights and sanitation department, announced that it has rejected for sale in Russia 11 Ukranian wines because they "failed to meet organoleptic requirements
(taste, aroma and color)."
Keep in mind, this kind of determination is apparently different than a rejection of wine based on sanitary conditions noted in the wine. Someone at "Rospotrebnadzor" simply doesn’t like the wine, so….it shan’t be sold.
Winemaking in the Ukraine has a fairly ancient history and those wines from the Crimea are considered to be among the best produced in the Near East.
One has to wonder if there are any politics behind this banning of certain wines. Or, perhaps Russia is simply taking the guessing out of the wine buying process by dictating what kind of wine and what type of tastes are appropriate for that country. Seems we’ve seen this approach from that neck of the woods before.