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Things I Hate About Wine

January 16, 2009
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Somewhere along the oenology time line ideas developed that refuse to go away.  Some of the most damaging to the wine industry are:

1. Wine is just for the social upper class, the very educated or world travelers.

2. You can only enjoy wine if you describe it with terms of fruits, vegetables or items off of the Periodic Table of the Elements.

3. Wine is just for special occasions.

4. Sweet wines are inferior.

My favorite has to be the disrespect for sweeter wines. Where did this fascination with dryness in wines come from? Probably early on in their wine education journey most wine drinkers have falsely associated dryness with sophistication and quality. Do we really believe that people who know wine would criticize a sauterne, eiswein or a trockenbeerenauslese for their intended sweetness? Of course not, so why do we persecute less expensive wines for the same reason? Sweetness, or semi-dry is not by definition a flaw, but another dimension of wine.

There is no denying the American taste for dessert and sweet foods. We just need to realize that there are many wines waiting for us to bring them home to enjoy with these foods. The true wine enthusiast should quickly realize that this will instantly give them more opportunities to enjoy wine.

Wine should be ordinary, commonplace and an everyday occurrence…in moderation of course. Wine can also be enjoyed without all the pretentious snobbery and ridiculous descriptions. It’s okay to say a wine smells good and tastes yummy. The idea is to find what you like. Think of all the wine you will get to try while looking for your favorites

Be brave my fellow wine consumers and take a step out of the dryness comfort zone and experiment with this. It’s easy to follow the pack, and the alleged wine critics, instead of reaching out to discover the diversity of the different grapes of the world.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 16, 2009 3:42 pm

    Very well said! I can’t wait for this year’s FL Wine Festival… last year there were some really tasty ones.

  2. Anne permalink
    January 17, 2009 11:18 am

    Funny entry! Thank you for vindicating those of us who love sweet wines. Does Florida have any wineries?

  3. Tom permalink
    January 20, 2009 8:22 am

    Hello Anne – Follow the link to great Florida wineries

    http://www.floridaagriculture.com/consumers/wineries.htm

  4. Grammy Pammy permalink
    January 20, 2009 3:31 pm

    WOW who knew – I just discovered wine in a box.

  5. erin permalink
    January 23, 2009 10:28 am

    OK, I know you know your stuff, especially when it comes to wine but…I really don’t think I am a fan of sweet wines. Can you recommend some to try?
    And, btw I love this: “Wine should be ordinary, commonplace and an everyday occurrence.” I think I’m a follower of your teachings already 🙂

  6. Tom permalink
    January 23, 2009 11:22 am

    Hello Erin – Two great Florida wines that are now availble in most Publix stores are the Southern White from Lakeridge Winery in Clermont and the Vintner’s White from San Sebastian Winery in St Agustine. Both are semi-sweet and have the typical muscadine fruit characteristics. Remeber to expect the fruit to be forward when you taste and make the effort not to immediately compare it to a dry white. Let the wine find the happy places in your mouth and be open to the sensations. Take small sips to start.

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