Are you a Wine Snob?

Let's be frank about it, when you're at a restaurant, or a friends house, and the topic turns to what wine to have that evening, do you intimidate others with your knowledge? Do you turn your nose up at the suggestion of Charles Shaw Cabernet with your meal? Or, are you like Myles in the movie Sideways, who won't drink any f*@%ing Merlot? Come on, admit it. Could you be (gasp) a "wine snob"?

What is the definition of a "wine snob"? The dictionary says a "snob" is, "somebody who looks down on others and considers their own knowledge, or position, to be superior". This might be a good thing when it comes to wine, as a wine snob might know enough about wine that they can pick an excellent bottle off a wine list, without paying a fortune for it. And, that pick might just be the best pairing you ever had. Then again, that same wine snob may make you feel insecure about your own decision, and even ridicule your choice. I think there is a fine line between being a wine snob, and a wine enthusiast (or even a "wine geek").

I think we should all try to be "wine enthusiasts". To me an enthusiast is willing to try new wines, and is always exploring new pairings, new varietals, and continuing to learn. An enthusiast never belittles other peoples' wine choices, tastes, or opinions. An enthusiast likes to learn about wine, and is eager to share that knowledge with others.

Recent reports show that individuals aged 21 to 34, are increasingly pursuing wine for a variety of reasons. “They equate it with sophistication, it allows them a means to connect with friends, and they see it as a more healthful alternative to other alcoholic beverages,” This age group tends to purchase more imported wines than baby boomers. We are in the age of the enthusiast!

My hope is that we remain enthusiasts, and never turn into snobs. Let's leave the snobs to their own self-image, and simply enjoy the wine we are drinking. After all, Psalm 104: 14-15 says, "He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and plants for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth and wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart."

Okay...let the comments begin. Are you a snob, or an enthusiast?


  1. Probably late but better then not at all CONGRATS on completion of your level 3 ISG Wish I knew as much much less could remember it all.
    Debi Farley

  2. Thanks up to wine tastings, and I'll share some wine "tips" with you. We're always exploring new varieties, and wines from different countries.

  3. Hmm..Now im sure that i am a wine