They don't look like wine snobs to me.
Some of you may know me from my wine articles such as ďI Love Italian Wine and Food, Ē similar French and German series, and my new series ďA Wine Loverís Weekly Review of $10 Wine.Ē Itís true; I really do love wine and food from Italy, France, Germany, and other countries as well. And who among us can reject a bargain? But I also hate wine and many aspects of the wine scene. Let me explain my top ten reasons for this love-hate relationship. Previous articles discussed the unconscionable expense, the embarrassing lack of knowledge, no wine cellar, I canít get the Ö bottle opened, insomnia, and food problems. This article discusses the wine snobs that infest the wine scene.
Ask any hobbyist. The nicest people are his or her fellow trap shooters, crap shooters, tiddly-winks players, 18th Century fountain pen collectors, or you name it. Donít be shocked, I canít believe wine fanciers (snobs?) are nicer, more cultured, or more generous than trap shooters, crap shooters, your run-of-the-mill plonk imbibers, or, perish the thought, abstainers. They may not be worse, but they are certainly not better than the others. Wine fanciers are probably richer or at least start richer than most others, and they do have some special gifts. Who else beside wine fanciers can find ten different aromas and twelve different tastes in three ounces of dross? And the haughtiness, ďYou thought it was a 1982, any foolÖ ď. To be fair I never heard those exact terms. But I do know what they were thinking.
My apologies to my betters; I do not and can not remember every glass of wine that I ever emptied. I remember some of the best and I canít forget some of the worst. But as far as the vast middle ground goes, why bother cluttering my precious store of memories? I am not a psychologist, but I have heard of a mental disorder (donít take this as a technical term) called total recall. An individual blessed, or should we say cursed, with total recall can remember every word of an insignificant conversation that took place two or twenty years ago. This brings certain wine snobs to mind. To them I say get a life. The ability to recall and in some ways regenerate pleasurable memories on demand is great, if you donít overdo it.
Witty wine bags, a fine gift for wine snobs.
Here are the other reasons that I hate wine, to be explored shortly: Those smells and those tastes, Those colors, Home brew, One more problem and yes, The Solution.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would
rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario
French-language community college. His wine websites include
www.theworldwidewine.com and http://www.wineinyourdiet.com
Visit his website devoted to Italian travel www.travelitalytravel.com
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