I have worked around and in the wine business for quite many a year. From the retail side, restaurant side, collecting side but mostly from the production side.
When I am out at parties or at bars and most restaurants I prefer to drink a winemaker’s best friend, beer. Does this make me a wine snob? Despite my insistence that I am not, I am viewed with skepticism. So often I hear people say “I like it even though it is crappy wine,” or “Even though it isn’t good enough for you, I like it.”
As you like it
Well allow me to dispel the myth: Not all wine people are wine snobs. Just because I don’t like a wine doesn’t mean it is bad wine and when that happens, which is 95% of the time, I just drink a cold beer. A delicious and refreshing cold beer.
“Just taste it, it is not that bad,” “Taste it and tell me why you don’t like it.” I say: Let me enjoy my cold beer and you enjoy the glass of wine that I chose not to drink.
Wine the way you like it
My grandmother genuinely enjoyed a couple of glasses of Almaden Chablis from the jug each night with two ice cubes. She looked forward to it and I would have a glass of beer along with her. Never did it occur to me to say “Grandma, you are drinking bad wine.” And I will tell you why. Because she liked it!
So begins a once or twice a week rambling about my life in wine. From stories in the vineyard and winery to long meals with good friends and family.