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ARGHHHH — I freaking hate wine reviews sometimes — if you ask me, it showcases how completely out of touch some members of the wine industry can be with the average wine drinker. I recently did a quick poll of my non-wine industry friends who love drinking wineand they all said the following review was not only useless, it actually alienated them from wanting to buy the wine. Aromas of rich dark currants, nectarine skins, gushing blackberry, but lots of fragrant tobacco, rich soil, white flowers, smashed minerals and metal.
Medium-bodied and saucy but racy acidity stabilises the wine nicely with the robust tannins. Deep red currants and ripe cherries, laden with mocha, loamy soil, charred herbs, pencil chat wankers, roasted hazelnut. This is a delicious Sonoma Cabernet! OK — hands up if that put you to sleep!! Seriously — I thought the job of a writer was to entertain and inform. But what is the solution? I think reviews like the one above do have an audience, I just believe that audience is very, very small.
There are exceptions, obviously; one wine writer whose reviews I can happily read all day is UK writer, Matthew Jukes — his tasting notes are both entertaining chat wankers informative. So, how do you make wine appealing to the masses? Is social media the answer? Can these reviews be trusted? Social media peeps that specialise in wine have exploded over the past few years, and T he Wine Wankers happily sit within this group.
They have nothing to prove, and nothing to lose. They can take greater risks, say stupid things, they can learn about wine as they post, and that is very appealing for the average person who can discover wine at the same pace. Is this better than reading a paragraph of wine jargon blended with obscure fruit references? The published article reeked of elitism — of a person who did not want to share chat wankers sandpit with anyone else unless they were from the establishment. You see, it could be very easy for me to slip into the old school way of writing.
Having studied under the excellent Jancis Robinson School of training her beginner books are perfection means I always try and impart a little bit of education in the review. And others will state that these bloggers can be bought because they take advertising dollars from wine companies to promote campaigns. Remember, even newspapers and magazines rely on advertising dollars to survive. What are your thoughts — do you find standard wine descriptors entertaining or useful when choosing a wine.
Would you prefer a score that rates value alongside quality? Or are you more inspired by an image and a simpler description where a wine blogger proclaims their love for the wine? Let us know your thoughts below. Disclaimer: the art of wine writing should never be under estimated. When words are written brilliantly, a good wine writer can captivate an audience and steer them towards exciting new regions, producers and wine styles. Cheers, Drew. To me the only test of a wine is when it hits your tongue.
I have had expensive bottles I have spat out and cheap bottles I have really enjoyed, and vice versa. Wine is a bit like poetry, the people who have monopolised and dictated the industries are now being found out. Like Like.
Like Liked by 1 person. Best part was pic of my favorite girl, Jancis. Who cares what other people think about a wine. We all know what opinions are like. That and similar always put me to sleep! Yours are the chat wankers to read. You can send me that freebie bottle now! Maybe using over the top, long drawn out wine tasting reviews — is the same affliction as guys who need to show off their big, expensive cars; they were born with small….!?
Gumpf like that is just ridiculous if you ask me. I love some wines that my partner hates and vice versa. Im with you — i react to a fab picture of wine with food — it inspires me to cook, and drink!! Really, I was about to drop all my Petrus into to gutter if chat wankers turn out to be true. For me a wine and label wins if I smack my lips after that first bit hits my mouth, and then swallows smoothly leaving a good taste. Notice something? And what the frack does a black currant taste like anyway?
I could put on my super hero outfit, jump over the Indian Ocean and give you a tight hear hug. I came to expect a certain competence associated with a or a description. But as my experience grew, I began to realise that these were often generalities that almost extended into nothingness. I read that review too. I thought it demonstrated an interesting use of descriptors, some of which were quite handy.
However in my humble view it was so over described as to be meaningless. Read it again, and ask yourself what the wine actually smells and tastes like. I try hard to avoid that happening, just as you guys do. I totally agree with you and I have stated often in my writings that I am not partial to all of the descriptors that are being used to describe wine these days. As for me, I will stick with the actual moment that I had the wine and how it added to chat wankers event, as prosaic as the event may have been.
There have been plenty of wines that do not make the cut and the less said about them, the better. All of my learning about wines has been from drinking them and not analyzing them, and I have no initials or credentials to my name. I graduated from the School of Good Wining and Dining.
Of course that could explain why I have never been offered any samples to write about. I know my followers like what I do as I get positive feedback all the time. My followers look to me to get ideas on wines which are reasonably priced, usually local, matched with easy to cook meals without the bullshit wine jargon.
I agree the snobby reviews are a turn-off. We recently had an army of them in NZ for Pinot They enjoyed an out-of-season summer holiday, free wine, food and airfares. Yet last week Wine NZ magazine held a blind pinot chat wankers with professional wine judges including an MW and they could no more pick the regions the wines were from than my schnauzer could.
Maybe there is a middle ground? The middle ground is not bringing in people who have no clue about wine to a Pinot conference. Being in the Food Blogging industry myself, I see it all the time, the freebies, invites, Socmed love, shown to bloggers who have no real interest in the subject matter.
But, not all are just after a free ride, a lot are genuinely interested.
Well, this is a bit embarrassing, but I just read the description either on the bottle or on the shelf below the bottle. We just love wine. Enjoying some tonight. For me when I write any sort of tasting note I try to have the balance of what I personally think of the wine and some bits and pieces about where the wine is from. I would never give a wine a score and I always put a note at the end of any sort of tasting note I write to say that wine is subjective and constantly evolving so those are my opinions only and everyone should seek wines that their palate truly loves — not what someone else claims chat wankers love.
Great read guys! Writing your own notes absolutely helps you appreciate wines more — it also helps educate your palate so you can determine if one wine is better than another, from a mere technical point of view. And practice makes chat wankers — so keep drinking and writing your own notes. Nice one, Drew. It seems like you need to get a 95 or better for anyone to take any notice of a review these days. Hate the pretentious wankerspeak. A wine snob friend was here and I refuse to buy wine for him, he shopped by reading labels with his excellent skills and even he hated the wine he bought — too fruit forward, he said.
Repulsive and sweet, I said. Simple language is always appreciated whether you are talking wine or neurosurgery. I agree rankings can be misleading and at the same time occasionally helpful. Some dorks like to know intricate details what is wrong with that?
Wine should be complicated and interesting, perhaps not for a Jacobs Creek Chardy but why not for some obscure variety that is both new to a region of new to the winemaker behind it? Or for something special made by someone who puts their heart and sole into their wine regardless of price?
I would love to see you all write some more negative wine reviews to help people find out what they should Not buy and to put some amateur winemakers in their place. A restaurateur i once worked for gave some great advice after he saw a scathing restaurant review in a newspaper. There are so many great restaurants out there. Focus on these. One bad review can certainly close a restaurant, it can be likened to the kiss of death.
I do not have that sort of clout however. I agree with the pretentious nature of the review you selected. My question is about the review under the pic of the Markham Chardonnay, Did you write that review? No — that pic was taken from the internet — a retailer in North America was trying to have a bit of fun and decided to change the wine reviews. The pics went viral — and we love them!! Good post, Drew. I think that the chat wankers issue is audience. My readers are simply looking to gain a little confidence spending there money and maybe having a little fun at the same time.
Like you, I try to educate a bit but also try not to lecture. There is a place for both of these writers. I buy everything I taste, experience it at the cellar door, or at a paid formal tasting function. My audience looks for things to buy not avoid.
Once again good post. Drew, I always wonder what is the goal? Is the goal for the wine maker to find new drinkers with different pallets for their wine? Or, is it just to create a wine that is so important that it sits on the shelf to be watched and not enjoyed.
My goal as a wine importing company owner is to bring new drinkers to wines I find interesting and fun to drink. I focus on those wines that please my pallet and all the history that comes with it. I find if the wine can capture chat wankers simple tastes of my Southern U. So, I suggest to wine makers that they work to expand the knowledge of the drinkers without insulting them into not drinking their wine at all. That wine review was pretty funny. I do find reviews or tasting notes helpful in identifying my likes and dislikes. Exploring Sauvignon Blanc, I developed a dislike of the grassy element.
After reading some articles and tasting notes, I found a few that were more tropical fruit-oriented. The reviews led me to wines that were more to my liking, saving me the time and money of random trial and error. Now try reading of those a day and then you may change your tune! I believe tasting notes have strong objectivity to it and is not a great descriptive note. I still love to write about wine but I tend to share stories and history behind producers and winery.
I do too, even wrote a post on his best reviews that starts like this: Matthew Dukes is the Tom Wolfe The Bonfires of the Vanities of wine writers. No one of average size emerges from his shop; in fact, no real human variety chat wankers be found in his fiction, because everyone has the same enormous excitability. Thanks for the thoughtful laugh, you wankers. We love you guys! I love this post, and I totally agree with your philosophy.Chat wankers
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Is this the most ridiculous wine review ever?!