Let Your Wine Snobbery Run Free
Wine Snobs Abound
Wine is Overpriced
Inexpensive Wine Is As Good as Expensive Wine
Whenever you hear or see these accusations flung, you can be nearly positive that the person flinging them feels inadequate over their lack of a wine education. They shouldn’t feel inadequate about that lack of wine knowledge any more than they ought to feel inadequate over a lack of Modern Dance education. But, for some reason, they do.
Keep in mind what is meant when you hear or read these things. In almost every single case, a person who is labeled a “wine snob” ends up being a person with discerning and educated tastes. The problem arises when someone who happens to know little about wine is in a conversation with someone who does and feels inadequate over that lack of knowledge. The response is: “Snob!”
When a person insists wine is overpriced, it’s almost always a case of that person feeling inadequate for not being able to appreciate the differences between a $75 bottle of wine and a $6 bottle of wine.
When a person claims that inexpensive wine is as good as expensive wine, it’s almost always a matter of them feeling inadequate over not being able to appreciate the difference between expensive wine and inexpensive wine.
I don’t expect wine lovers or the wine industry to ever see a decline in the use of these verbal or literary tropes simply because I don’t think human nature is likely to change much when it comes to dealing with feelings of inadequacy. And don’t fall for the incoherent argument that the wine industry brings these accusations on itself by not understanding how to communicate to consumers about wine. Not only do we know precisely how to communicate about wine, we are able to communicate so well about wine that you can find bottles paid for at prices between $6 and $6,000.
Don’t get me wrong, there are poseurs out there who sometimes ACT like they know all about wine and want to try to impress people with their knowledge. Rarely do these people really possess the knowledge they claim to have and rarely do they actually work in the wine industry. They too suffer from fears of inadequacy.
That said, my point is that you ought not to stand for those people who seek to denigrate legitimate knowledge and expertise simply as a means to bolster their own self-worth. It’s an ugly trait with which no one who respects their own knowledge ought to put up. Instead, let your wine snobbery run free and dismiss the dissers.