Day: August 1, 2014

On Resisting The Cult of Wine “Experts”

When I was a student at Yale, I had a professor of French history who once said, when the class turned to the subject of Bordeaux, “If it isn’t red, it isn’t wine.” I though then, and still think now, that this was one of those affected pronouncements that only “wine experts” make. It certainly bore all the qualities of “expertise”: it was an absolute statement, allowing for no possibility of compromise or disagreement; it was made ex cathedra, with no accompanying evidence or logic; and its contrarian nature was clearly intended to provoke and titillate rather than to educate. (more…)