Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Wine Snobs - Ignore the Hype

I love wine but cannot stand wine snobs. They are the kind that will only drink wines over $50 a bottle and have been given the seal of approval from the Wine Spectator. These snobs will have wine tasting parties for the sole purpose of humiliating their "less than sophisticated guests." Often times these snobs are the "nouveau expert de vin" or newly self-minted wine experts.

Poo poo to all that snobbery. If you like wine or want to try wine, you should not be intimidated by perceptions of what should taste good or even how to properly discuss wines. All you need to know is trust your taste. You like what you like and you shouldn't have to defend it. Just enjoy.

Personally, I find it an exciting challenge to discover tasty wines for under $10. Blasphemy you say? Not at all. If you are open to diverse grapes grown in all parts of the world, you too will save money while enjoying the vino! Though living a stone's throw from Napa Valley, I'm partial to the black grapes, tempranillo, native to Spain. Oh, and the Shiraz from Australia are divine.

There is no such thing as superiority of types, or even ideal wines for certain types of food. Whites are just as good as reds. Have you tried a syrah sparkling, delicious. Some chardonnays are equally bountiful as pinot noirs. Sweet reislings can go as well with hardy meats as a cabernet.

Let's not forget the rice wines either that go great with my Asian dishes. Sake (Japanese rice wine) and particularly soju (Korean rice wine) can be smooth or have quite a nice kick to them. Rượu nép (Vietnamese rice wine) can also work well as an aperitif (a small drink of alcoholic liquor taken to stimulate the appetite before a meal) or even as a dessert wine.

You are only limited by your imagination and sense of adventure. So, be bold and explore wines today. To help you along, please check out this humorous and informative documentary on wines, "Wine for the Confused," hosted by John Cleese of Monty Python fame. You'll be inspired!



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