Our regular readers would have cottoned on to the fact that our blog is lashed in irony. We are really the anti wine wanker brigade, and consistent with our Australian sense of humor it only seemed right to call ourselves what we are not.
For those not exposed to Australian humor we do have a tendency to give everyone a nickname, and often that name has somewhere in its derivation a meaning that is the opposite to reality. Why is this so … no idea; sometimes it’s best not to question such things. Here are some examples;
Tiny – often reserved for massive men.
Stretch – used for people unusually short.
Bluey – exclusively for those with red hair.
Happy – someone with a dour taciturn disposition.
So some rules to ensure you are not becoming a wine wanker might be appropriate.
What we at the wine wankers are trying to do, is break down the divide between those that use wine as an elitist instrument, and those less imbued in wine matters. The reality is that wine tasting is a very subjective art, and you can read two reviews of the same wine and they bear no relation to each other. There are many examples we could give but I am sure it would cause some embarrassment to the authors.
Wine is to be shared, a wine wanker type would hoard their wine. They tend to be name droppers, and mention that they have an ’82 Latour in their cellar and never share it with friends. Wine is to be drunk and enjoyed, and the sense of enjoyment is only enhanced when it is shared with others. Next time you buy a nice bottle of wine think about who you might like to enjoy it with.
To us the enjoyment of wine is enhanced significantly when paired with food. The synergy of wine and food together, either as a foil for each other, or complementing each other, is one of the true joys of life. The pleasure of a perfect food and wine match is bliss, and matched by few other things (maybe even that).
And drink good wine. It does not have to be expensive. Consumers pay a lot for the label that is stuck on the side of the bottle, when it is what is in the bottle that really matters. Len Evans was a legend in the Australian wine industry and gave one of my favorite quotes “People who say you can’t drink good stuff all the time are fools. You must drink good stuff all the time. Every bottle of inferior wine you drink is like smashing a superior bottle against a wall: the pleasure is lost forever. You can’t get that bottle back.”
So to reiterate, the rules of not being a wine wanker;
Rule 1 – Don’t use wine as an elitist weapon, it is grape juice and tastes nice.
Rule 2 – Share your wine, crack open that bottle you have been saving.
Rule 3 – Drink wine with food, it is one of life’s true pleasures.
Rule 4 – Drink good wine, to not do so is like smashing a good bottle.
Author: Neal (The Wine Wankers)