The Ongoing Tale of the Gutter Snipes of Natural Wine World
“Those ‘faults’ [in Natural Wine] can exist to different levels and, in some cases, I’d argue they add to the wine’s character. It isn’t black and white. Advocates of conventional wine can’t handle that and, even more, can’t handle that some hipster kid on Lower Clapton Road – who they’d argue knows nothing – is celebrating the wine for it. It fundamentally undermines all their learning and hard work”
Bill Nuttall, The Guardian
Then this from the author of the article in the Guardian:
” ‘This wine requires you to engage individually with it,” says Nuttal. That may be natural wine’s most challenging quality. Not its flavours. But that it asks drinkers to think for themselves.”
Besides being an elitist asshole, Nuttal does what so many other Natural Wine advocates and champions do: They disparage the integrity and value of those who haven’t embraced Natural Wine in order to burnish their own standing. Nuttal wants us to believe that those folks who don’t like overly acidic, oxidized, piss-smelling wines somehow “can’t handle” these characteristics. Good lord.
Meanwhile the author of the piece, Tony Taylor wants to imply that those who don’t appreciate this kind of “individuality” in Natural Wines simply can’t “think for themselves.”
And the natural wine crew wonders why they and their opinions about wine are so consistently and thoroughly kicked to the corner of the gutter by their harder working, more knowledgeable, better-educated peers.