New Year’s Resolutions

A few things we can all do in 2014


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Stop being a snob.

Now this gets tricky so let’s for a moment consider what the word snob actually means.  Allow me to use a definition for the free dictionary online: a person who believes himself or herself to have superior tastes and is condescending toward those with different tastes.

Nowhere is it stated that one must prefer the expensive over the inexpensive to be a snob. Fundamentally snobbism is driven by a heightened sense of self importance and condescension towards others. Thus we do have snobs who favor the expensive or exclusive over the ordinary but we also have snobs who favor the geeky, organic, or even inexpensive over the wines other people like and enjoy.

Get over yourself. If you don’t like a type of wine, that is fantastic. Now shut up and drink what you like and leave me, and everybody else in peace to enjoy what we like. Snobs also tend to stay tightly within their comfort zones, lest they be revealed as something less than the expert they imagine themselves to be, so fortunately they are all too often boring drinking partners who are not terribly missed!

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  • Snooth User: Mark Suss
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    Great article. I'd like to read more about some of the up and coming regions within the US (e.g. Virgina) that I might not try without a recommendation from you. And I would love to see your take on the Finger Lakes and how they compare with other Riesling producing regions.

    Jan 02, 2014 at 5:14 PM

  • Snooth User: Diego Andrés Díaz
    Hand of Snooth
    1214278 533

    I going to steal the last resolution, I Feel a little like an alcoholic tasting my wines alone. But How do i invite my friends to drink wine with me? They do not appreciate wine as much as i do.

    Jan 04, 2014 at 9:48 PM

  • Great article. I am def going to follow your advise & start with organizing the cellar. Will make for a happier New Year. Cheers!

    Jan 05, 2014 at 8:37 AM

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