Pro wine writers are among the most full of sh*t professions (statistically); so saith Cracked.com, where “Wine Tasters” make their recent list of The 6 Most Statistically Full of Sh*t Professions.
There are two things that surprised me when perusing the list of chosen six:
- Weather Forecasters, while predictably ranking high on the list, came in at #2 (Sportswriting took the ‘top’ spot).
- Wine Tasters came in only at #5 (c’mon… can’t we do better than that?!??).
Frankly, despite the lack of actual statistics in the article, I’d say that we (speaking collectively for the larger wine writing lot) actually deserve the dubious ranking.
Well, sort of.
As the reaction to my recent interview with Robin Goldstein (author of The Wine Trials, which showcases budget wines that beat out more expensive options in blind tastings) showed, the wine tasting devil is squarely in the details. And as a group, I think that wine writers / tasters / pros, generally do a crap job when it comes to helping the public understand those details.
Not that this is a new phenomenon. Thom Shaw once wrote “in wine tasting and wine talk there is an enormous amount of humbug.” If you substitute “bullshit” for “humbug” you’d probably get an accurate read on the perception of wine tasting, right?
Well, ol’ Thom wrote that back in 1863. Nearly 150 years later, it still rings as true and cuts as close to the bone of a wine writer as a Dilbert strip does to a cubicle worker – funny, but painfully funny.
So maybe we have helped to make the crow sandwich we’re supposedly having for lunch (hmmm… what pairs with crow… think I’ll pop open some Retsina…)…
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Those of you Chester County, PA folk who feel compelled to Go Green by supporting business that produce wares locally – and those of you who just happen to like supporting local business, or just happen to dig the food and wine produced by local business – will certainly want to check out Taste Local this weekend at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA.
Those of you who aren’t Chester County folk are just gonna have to forgive me for goin’ local today.
Taste Local is billed as “a celebration of the best regional beer and wine, accompanied by locally produced cheeses & other food products.” As frequent 1WineDude.com readers know, we have some pretty darn good wines being made out here (especially Penns Woods and Chaddsford), but what you might not know is that we’re home to a dizzying array of totally kick-ass beer producers, with stand outs being Troegs, Sly Fox, and the venerable-bordering-on-insanely-good Victory Brewing Co.
All of the above (and more) will be in attendance at Taste Local this weekend. Tickets range from $35 single-day passes to all-inclusive VIP packages that include lodging at the Desmond.
Well worth checking out, especially if you’re looking for a crash-course in all-things food/beer/wine in Chester County.
It looks like my fears of VINO 2010’s “Blogging on Wine and Social Networking: New Tools in reaching Consumers of Italian Wine ” panel discussion possibly deteriorating into a blogger-bashing session can probably be put to rest.
In an attempt to expand the reach of the event beyond the walls of the Waldorf Astoria, VINO 2010 appointed James Rodewald, former Drinks Editor of Gourmet magazine, as its official blogger representative. James will be tweeting live from the event as well as covering the event on the official blog (which contains a blogroll of the bloggers who are attending VINO 2010) – all steps in the right direction.
What really convinced me, though, are the panelists for the session on Blogging, which include friends of mine who I know for a fact understand the power of blogging in the wine world – namely, Alder Yarrow of Vinography.com and Steve Raye from Brand Action Team.
And what sold me lock, stock, and wine barrel was this: for the panel on social media and blogging, the details will be covered live via the web and James will be taking questions for the panel via twitter:
“On Thursday, February 4th at 10AM – the "VIRTUAL VINO, MILLENNIALS, AND SOCIAL MEDIA DECANTED" panel discussion moderated by Anthony Dias Blue with Alder Yarrow (vinography.com), Dave Cook (Twitter), Steve Raye (Brand Action Team), and Ronn Wiegand. James will be monitoring the Twitter feed and posing questions Tweeted in from throughout the country. The seminar will focus on social media and wine bloggers as the future of consumer wine education, and potentially the wine trade. You and your readers can tune in to the panel discussion at www.italianmade.com/vino2010.”
Now, if the on-line wine community excels at anything, it’s keeping people honest. So I expect a pretty balanced and honest discussion about wine blogging and social media for that panel.
Whew… ok, I feel better now…