Virtue Signaling and Nonsense in Wine
I don’t like anonymous comments on this blog. I like anonymous emails even less. It strikes me as cowardly and suggests the person commenting/emailing doesn’t possess the courage of their convictions. It’s also a huge factor that leads to the divisiveness that plagues conversations on the Internet.
That said, I’m compelled to (once again) published another anonymous G’email that would have carried (a tiny bit) more weight had it been placed in the comment section of this blog with a name attached to it:
It must be nice. Using all that white male privilege to criticize. Your habit of using your blog and position to demean women in the wine business is typical of the way cis white men have used their privilege for decades to impose their view of what wine should be on everyone else. Fuck patriarchy and fuck you.
Natural wine will continue to replace all the conventional and “MANipulated” wines we’ve been stuck with as people like you are replaced with women and POC who care more about the world around them then (sic) preserving their privilege and shutting out any dissenting voices.
Everyone understands what you are doing when you dismiss Katherine Clary’s commitment to natural wine as” naive”. Only someone that looks like you could begin to call Katherine naive. It’s time for old white men like you to get off the stage so we can get on with fixing this fucked up industry.
As soon as someone (perhaps you) can explain to me what it is exactly about the palates or perspectives of woman, people of color or non-cis-gendered people that can provide me with a unique explanation of the quality or characteristics of a 2015 Oregon Pinot Noir or 1990 Bordeaux that a white, cis-gendered man cannot explain, then I’ll take your perspective seriously. Until then, all I can say is that you’ve got to do better.
If you are interested, I can give you a very long list of women writers and wine critics who have “impose(d) their view of what wine should be on everyone else” in exactly the same way that the “patriarchy” has done over the years. What are we to make of this?
If you want to argue that the diversity of the wine industry could use improvement, I’ll line up right behind you and carry your flag. But if instead, you prefer to label legitimate commentary on (even criticism of) a perspective on wine (such as Ms. Clary’s) as nothing more than a function of my race, gender or sexuality, then you and your views will be summarily dismissed like this: OK, Child.