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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.

Image of wine glasses courtesy of Bigstock

Comments (18)

05.15.13 at 9:12 AM

Thanks for writing this and calling attention to a bullshit article - written for sensationalism IMO.
Lets keep deluding the world that Two Buck Chuck is wine while he is at it.

05.20.13 at 9:14 AM

Enjoy the fruit of the vine!

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I really find this interesting. Even with all these wine tasting haters, wine tasting would remain as interesting as it is. Still, many people love this. This ancient action or event is something so incredible for every winery on earth, as well as with the wine loving people. Let's indeed enjoy the fruit of the vine!

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