It’s been too long since we had a 1WD TV episode, and so today I give you a hastily-recorded (but carefully considered!) take on the arguments both for and against the inflation of wine ratings by popular wine critics (yes, there is a good argument against it!):
1WineDude TV Episode 58: The Arguments For and Against Wine Ratings Inflation
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In this episode of 1WDTV, I rant about why it’s stupid to make a distinction between wine bloggers and fine wine consumers, as if the two populations couldn’t possibly overlap (they do); and yet, the wine media tries to make this distinction time and time again, effectively setting everyone off on a wild goose chase.
To illustrate this, I play off a theme I tackled during a recent interview I gave in South America, only this time with a (very crude) graph to show how I believe the U.S. population of wine consumers and wine bloggers is distributed, which involves a standard deviation bell curve (actually, alcohol consumption probably more closely follows a Gamma distribution, but that’s splitting hairs).
The Artificial Distinction Between Wine Bloggers and Consumers
Welcome to a rather long-overdue episode of 1WD TV, in which I get geeky with wine maven Doug Frost and give him crap about the wines he *didn’t* pick for his list of Portugal’s 50 Greatest Wines. We express communal love for Madeira, and then Doug sort of disses Napa, but generally shows why he’s one of the most well-regarded wine educators and tasters on the planet. To find out why Doug’s picks are so controversial, fire up the vid!
1WineDudeTV Episode 56: Portugal’s Best Wines? (With Master Wine Geek Doug Frost)
I was able to get a few minutes with Doug when I was a media guest of Wines of Portugal for a lunch event at NYC’s Harold Pratt House, during which Doug and fellow Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein discussed the Top 10 wines from Doug’s list of 50 – which we then tasted paired with various (mostly meat – in fine Portuguese tradition!) courses. My thoughts/ratings/ramblings on those controversial top ten wine picks are below, after the jump…
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Some brief wine advice for those who feel the need to apologize for wines that they enjoy drinking, but that for whatever reason make them “feel” uncultured. Bottom line: the only person to whom you owe an apology for your choice in wines is yourself, but only because you doubted your own tastes for even a minute!
1WineDude.com TV Episode 55: No Apologies!