Things I Hate About Wine
|January 16, 2009||Posted by Tom under Wine|
Somewhere along the oenology time line ideas developed that refuse to go away. Some of the most damaging to the wine industry are:
1. Wine is just for the social upper class, the very educated or world travelers.
2. You can only enjoy wine if you describe it with terms of fruits, vegetables or items off of the Periodic Table of the Elements.
3. Wine is just for special occasions.
4. Sweet wines are inferior.
My favorite has to be the disrespect for sweeter wines. Where did this fascination with dryness in wines come from? Probably early on in their wine education journey most wine drinkers have falsely associated dryness with sophistication and quality. Do we really believe that people who know wine would criticize a sauterne, eiswein or a trockenbeerenauslese for their intended sweetness? Of course not, so why do we persecute less expensive wines for the same reason? Sweetness, or semi-dry is not by definition a flaw, but another dimension of wine.
There is no denying the American taste for dessert and sweet foods. We just need to realize that there are many wines waiting for us to bring them home to enjoy with these foods. The true wine enthusiast should quickly realize that this will instantly give them more opportunities to enjoy wine.
Wine should be ordinary, commonplace and an everyday occurrence…in moderation of course. Wine can also be enjoyed without all the pretentious snobbery and ridiculous descriptions. It’s okay to say a wine smells good and tastes yummy. The idea is to find what you like. Think of all the wine you will get to try while looking for your favorites
Be brave my fellow wine consumers and take a step out of the dryness comfort zone and experiment with this. It’s easy to follow the pack, and the alleged wine critics, instead of reaching out to discover the diversity of the different grapes of the world.