Winebits 674: Holiday season wine snobs edition

wine snobsThis week’s wine news: The wine snobs celebrate the holiday season

Ice in a glass of wine? VinePair asks sommeliers when it’s OK to put an ice cube in a glass of wine, because we need guidance on this subject from people with initials after their names. The post, believe it or not, includes a section on how to properly add ice. It’s pieces like this that make me wonder if I’ve wasted the past 13 years writing the blog. How about this advice? Add a cube or two when you feel like it. Which, in Texas in August, we feel like a lot.

The kindness of strangers? Mary Margaret McCamic, MW, writing on the Karolus Wine Imports blog, notes that “many of the most exciting bottles that I have enjoyed were the result of the generosity of collectors.” How does one respond to that? Does this mean that when the Big Guy comes over, and we dip into the wine closet for my latest $10 find, it’s not exciting? It’s pieces like this that make me wonder if I’ve wasted the past 13 years writing the blog.

No affordable wine? Megan Krigbaum, writing for Punch, laments the loss of affordable Beaujolais on restaurant wine lists. She defines this as Beaujolais costing less than $100 a bottle. It’s pieces like this that make me wonder if I’ve wasted the past 13 years writing the blog. $100 is affordable? For whom?  This also begs the question of Beaujolais’ availability on restaurant wine lists, and especially in the middle of the country. But what do I know? I put ice cubes in un-exciting $10 wine.

4 thoughts on “Winebits 674: Holiday season wine snobs edition

  • By Vito - Reply

    It was very fun to read this winebit 🙂 thanks!

  • By Tim - Reply

    NY does not have any clue what is affordable.

  • By Daniel Crisp - Reply

    re: Kindness of strangers – any article that starts by talking about a $3000 bottle of wine has lost me before it gets started. Not that I would have happened upon that wine snob article by myself. Big Guy, take heart, there are lots of $10 wine lovers out there on your side…please keep up the fight!

  • By Tommy Goff - Reply

    I must regularly visit the wrong restaurants. I’ve never seen a hundred dollar bottle of Beaujolais eve n at the ridiculous markups. Maybe Ms. McCamic can introduce me to some collectors as the hoarders I’m familiar with seldom share anything over $40-$50 bucks. As far as ice in my wine, I’d rather drink mine from a Yeti mug than to water down m wine.

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