Wine Lovers - and Geeks

Which one are you?


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Wine Lovers - and Geeks We all think we're wine lovers, but the truth is some of us love wine while others love those who love wine, or love the wines of others, or love hoarding wine. When you look at it, wine lovers, and the folks you're likely to invite to any wine tasting, reflect a cross section of our society. Almost. When you invite folks to your tasting do you know who is going to show up? Will it be Bob or The Weasel? Jane or The Gourmand? And are you an Amateur or an Expert? Read on to figure out what kind of wine lover you are. And be honest. Have you ever pulled a Nixon?

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  • I'm a Nixon if I see the hungry masses having a good old time with the 5-gallon bottles. That's when I say, hell, I'm not sharing!

    Nov 02, 2010 at 1:15 PM

  • Thank you very much for making me proud to be an amateur! I now find myself aspiring to stealth-hood. I'm impressed with your gracious descriptions of the ideal wine friends.

    Nov 02, 2010 at 3:17 PM

  • Snooth User: burgboy
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    You really nailed the spectrum of winos....hilarious! I have to admit I've been a Nixon in big groups, but I'm a happy Amateur. Keep up the good work.

    Nov 02, 2010 at 4:12 PM

  • Snooth User: winetastinginLA
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    OMG ~ I'm in tears laughing all the way. I think I have seen them all in action at my wine tastings. Now I won't be able to keep a straight face without thinking of all these descriptors. I'm an amateur heading towards stealth. Although I could be a hoader if that's my last bottle.

    Too funny.
    Norma Serrano, Wine Consultant

    Nov 02, 2010 at 4:43 PM

  • So, is a Geek in between an Amateur and a Stealth?
    I enjoy sharing (occasionally enthusiastically) wine notes with my customers, but I don't want to be considered an "Expert" or a "Fool".

    I've run into most of these types in my travels and if I know the Gourmand and the Bon Vivant are coming, I'm hiding the good stuff.

    Angela T Carlson
    Trader Joe's #109 Wine Team

    Nov 02, 2010 at 5:17 PM

  • Snooth User: dmcker
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    Good one, Greg. I think you've probably endured a few more types so wouldn't mind seeing a sequel at some point.

    Who's doing the photography?

    Nov 02, 2010 at 5:42 PM

  • This article is the equivalent of construction workers sitting at lunch and scoring every female that walks by. It's not funny - it's insulting.

    Nov 02, 2010 at 5:49 PM

  • Snooth User: FINE4WINE
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    We have a friend that is your first "expert". Nice people but they buy wine because it is expensive, without any real knowledge as to what they will be consuming. Great place to be invited to dinner though!

    Nov 02, 2010 at 6:15 PM

  • Snooth User: Tricia61
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    I call myself an amateur. There was a time I would have been more of a gourmand, but no longer! LOL!

    Nov 02, 2010 at 8:04 PM

  • Snooth User: Eric Guido
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    The photos are awesome!!! Great piece Greg!

    Nov 02, 2010 at 8:26 PM

  • Amateur Stealth's and Expert Bon Vivant's should demand their own categories! Entertaining piece Greg!

    Nov 02, 2010 at 8:39 PM

  • Snooth User: Linda Kay
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    Very entertaining article! Thank you!
    I am, and may always be, the Amateur...not self-deprecating, but rather, prefering this style as a way to live life... to its fullest!
    I am, however, coveting that Stealth! What a talent that one possesses! hmmmmmm....reminds me also, of my favourite "Expert", in the best sense of the word!

    Nov 02, 2010 at 9:09 PM

  • Linda Kay, I rest my case!

    Nov 02, 2010 at 9:23 PM

  • Snooth User: Linda Kay
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    Yes, James, you did. Well done!

    Nov 02, 2010 at 11:07 PM

  • True Amateur here.... And not the "expert amateur" ....I love to taste and explore wines...It excites me....I admit I have been a nixon depends on the grouping or event....I would love one day, maybe in another twenty years or so, be respected as a gracious stealth.

    Great article, we have all seen each of these characters at a tasting.

    Nov 02, 2010 at 11:27 PM

  • Snooth User: joss
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    a hilarious read and one of your best (purely for entertainment-wise). i believe we've all been to various events or occasions where several if not all of the types were in attendance. this is probably why my favorite wine-tasting venue is a very small group of people, where everyone invited is a good friend (usually amateurs and stealths only). i personally believe i'm a bit more than just an 'amateur' but wouldn't presume to call myself a 'stealth', which would likely only confirm my underlying concern that i'm actually just another 'idiot' on his way to becoming the first type of 'expert'! ohman...

    also, truth be told, depending upon whom i know will be in attendance (weasels, whiners, gourmands, bon vivants, idiots, expert 1's, etc.), i will find myself giving in to 'hoarder/nixon'-esque behavior... i just can't help it; i hate 'wasting' really good wine (especially something i've cellared, cared for, and/or saved for years) on people who don't have enough sense to be gracious or kind to others, or don't seem to realize that behaving badly doesn't make you 'interesting'...

    Nov 02, 2010 at 11:42 PM

  • Snooth User: dmcker
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    Well stated, Joss.

    Nov 03, 2010 at 2:57 AM

  • As a Brit recently joined Snooth I love the articles and banter on the site. I would say I am a Stealthy Amateur and if I know the Gourmand and the Bon Vivant are coming I do as BigWoodenSpoon and hide the good stuff. Happy drinking!!

    Nov 03, 2010 at 7:11 AM

  • Snooth User: Stephen Harvey
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    Greg, great article, I fear I have probably been accused of being in all categories. [and more probably deservedly]

    I have definitely pulled a few Nixons in my time.

    It is rather humbling to reflect on your definitions and realise how many times you probably got the combined description - "wine wanker"

    Nov 03, 2010 at 8:08 AM

  • Snooth User: Bob Fyke
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    Who hasn't pulled a Nixon?! Maybe the weasels, but otherwise...
    Great one Greg. I found myself reflecting back on many evenings with all of these types.

    Nov 03, 2010 at 12:19 PM

  • Snooth User: tbrou131
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    This was a really fun article. I couldn't figure out which this one falls under but we have always joked about our friends that come that are not really into wine but just want to have fun. You tell them to spend about 15 bucks and they bring a bunch of magnums from the grocery store. I guess they are they amateur. Its funny at the very least.

    Nov 04, 2010 at 7:24 PM

  • Snooth User: Elzabi
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    I'd never want to admit which one I am - but well done - your great piece of writing truly defines all those characters that have spit and swallowed over countless glasses of wine. I guess at the end of the day only invite trusted wine flies to your tastings, where you know their credentials before the time! hehe

    Nov 08, 2010 at 4:42 AM

  • Snooth User: erniex
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    Good fun - tks Greg..
    Not really sure what I am, but sure hope the happy amateur. Definitely not the one buying wines for the price tag alone, but when I do buy expensive bottles I must admit that Im kind of selective about who to share it with.
    Once brought a magnum Krug 96 to a news years party because I was leaving country the week after, and nobody really seemed to care or even notice - simply because they had no idea what they were drinking. That hurt, and basically just felt like hiding in a closet with my amazingly good bottle of bubbles.. In hindsight I should have probably spend some energy in making clear what they were about to consume - but who wants to be the idiot..!?

    Nov 11, 2010 at 3:21 AM

  • You forgot the most OBVIOUS category..

    The "POINT CHASER". or Parker FAN BOY...

    This person can only talk about wine in terms of ratings.. oh that wine I had... yeah Parker gave it a 97 the "insert Bordeaux big wine name" Parker gave it only a 96... so and so only rated it blah... but Parker gave it a 94...

    They have no concept of explaining what a wine means to them (anything bouquet, aroma, tannins, mouthfeel... NOTHING)... without quoting somebody else...

    They have no concept of making up their mind without someone telling them what it should be and can only talk in numbers...

    Nov 11, 2010 at 7:56 PM

  • Snooth User: garyswine
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    Nice ... very nice! :)

    Mar 02, 2011 at 11:12 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Mar 02, 2011 at 11:38 AM

  • I guess I'd add my own category to it: the "silent observant" - who will bring a good enough (but maybe kind of obvious) bottle and will just quietly listen and soak as much information as possible. After a couple of glasses (maybe a few) he/she will turn into "second-grade child" - asking tons of questions and talking about visits to wine areas in France and Brazil... Really cool piece! :)

    Mar 02, 2011 at 2:52 PM

  • Snooth User: dar8413
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    I am indeed the Stealth Amateur! Laughter like this is always welcome... what a great article - soooo very accurate in the descriptions of my fellow wine heads that I couldn't stop laughing! Keep it coming... I shall drink to that!!!

    Apr 13, 2011 at 4:03 PM

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    Sep 14, 2016 at 11:08 PM

  • Snooth User: saame1213
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    I love the wine and also glad to above mention new kind of brands photos. Thanks to share us

    Mar 09, 2018 at 11:47 PM

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