WARNING: Wine Snobbery oozes from The Walmart Wine Sommelier like goo from a 15-year-old’s pores after a two-week Proactive withdrawal. My apologies in advance. I will fully confess my Wine Snob sins in a later post, but for now, I simply lay my faults on your table for your voyeuristic entertainment.
…to which I replied that he could always score some Everclear and grape Kool-Aid and may end up with the same results.
Just Call Your (Somewhat) Friendly Sommelier
I’m actually quite flattered when my friends turn to me for wine advice, and though I don’t want to sound like a snob when I’m dispensing said advice, I usually do. In all honesty, I think it’s a defense mechanism for my lack of knowledge of the wine world. Yes, wine has been my life’s passion, and yes I’ve been working in Napa for over a decade, but you should see some of the people I work with. Master Sommeliers, WSET Certified Educators, life-long winemakers…ask one of them for “something different than Chardonnay” and watch your mind melt out of your eye sockets.
That said, in 2014, only 5% of the U.S. wine buying population purchased a wine over $20 bucks. Most of my friends are the 95%. They do not work at a winery, they didn’t take the WSET Level 1 nor did they get their Sommelier Certification. They’re working parents, so the decision they face every day is whether to start dinner or hurdle themselves out a 30-story window.
Wine plays a critical role in the choice of the former over the latter. So who am I to refuse the call? When I hear the ding! of a text for help on my 14.5% Alcohol By Volume Suicide Prevention Hotline, I’m there to talk you off the edge. Just don’t be surprised to get a ration of Wine Snobby BS along the way. But hey, I’m working on it. If you want it to stop faster, buy a dozen cases of my wine so I can see my therapist more.
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