There. I said it.
But I’m not a wine snob in the way you probably think that statement is usually said or interpreted.
All of these statements are true:
**I like good wine.
**I usually bring my own bottles of wine to restaurants because I’m afraid of what they might have on the list.
**I dread going to weddings because of the wines they might be pouring. (Yes, I know how this sounds. The wedding is about the people getting married, not the wine, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have good wine!).
**I swirl, sip, slurp and swish my wine. It enhances my experience. Seriously. You should try it.
But all of these statements are true too:
**I look forward to trying new wines from all areas – I really am open to trying anything.
**I’ve very much enjoyed looking for inexpensive wines with great flavor this year.
**Bad wines I’ve encountered in the past few years have been few and far between.
**Really, really good wines I’ve tried in the past few years have also been few and far between.
I think those last two statements really sum it all up for me. There is a lot of wine floating around in that in middle area. It’s not “bad” and it’s not “OMG, this is the best wine I’ve ever had!”. It’s where I spend most of my wine drinking time. Partly because I’m on a wine budget, but mostly because if you drink “OMG wine” everyday I think you lose perspective.
It takes a bad wine to know a good one. Do you know what I mean? I was e-mailing with a friend yesterday and this person was having a bad week. And I said, “You can’t have a good week, if you don’t know what a bad week is”. Maybe that wasn’t what this person wanted to hear, but it’s very true. The same goes for wine. If days, weeks or wine was like The Truman Show, then I’d be making wine in my garage and selling it to you right here. You wouldn’t care, because it’s all good juice, right?
Here’s the thing: A really serious wine snob wouldn’t be open to trying all types of wines. A wine snob would rather sit back and read what all the wine magazines, publications and critics have to say before even thinking about purchasing a wine. A wine snob would pick a bottle off the restaurant wine list based on price alone. If it’s expensive, it must be good. A wine snob wouldn’t be caught dead drinking wine out of a jug (premium jug or not)….
Yes, I like good wine. Yes, I like very good wine. No, I don’t like bad wine. But I’ll keep trying all wines that find their way to my snobby mouth so I can keep some well needed perspective.