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05.14.2013

Is Wine Tasting Bullshit? No.

bigstock-Wine-Tasting-2634676.jpgWho knew some snarky article trashing wine connoisseurship and wine experts could be so popular. But it just goes to show you how much people like seeing anyone ripped off a pedestal.

I've been thinking about writing a response to the silly thing, but couldn't bring myself to do it. Thankfully my friend Blake Gray's willpower was flagging one night this week after a lot of wine judging, and he saved me the trouble.

Blake gets it pretty much right on the money. Wine tasting (i.e. criticism) is only bullshit if you think all criticism is bullshit. It's a subjective act performed by fallible humans. But that doesn't mean that some people don't know a shitload about wine, and it doesn't mean that some people can't pick up a glass and tell you which vineyard it comes from.

Enough. Go read what Blake has to say about it.

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