Monday, November 9, 2009

The infectious wine snob

This weekend, back to back incidents have given me a little perspective on my effect on my friends in regards to their wine snobbery. Not once, but twice, I had people close to me make comments about Yellowtail and 2-buck chuck. while both of these wines are pure plonk and a hindrance to the credibility of fine wine everywhere, I'm a little concerned that I have created a culture of wine criticism around me. I am a critic of practices of dumb-ing down wine. I have a good palate and recognize good wine in a very broad sense and can easily imagine all real world applications. I recognize a great inexpensive wine,and don't for a second feel that all wine needs to be expensive. That said, yellowtail and shaw are crap because they are a confection and sell a lifestyle, not because of their price. Maybe I need to be a little more diligent about explaining this side of it.


  1. I'd be the last one to stick up for Yellow Tail, but AT ITS PRICE POINT it is one of the best Shiraz on the market. As for 2 Buck Chuck? Well, if all you care about is getting drunk...

  2. It's too bad that the wines that are at Yellow Tail's price point that are actually good aren't more accessible. Keep up the good work Ampleography!