Then I asked on Facebook: “But what do you think?”
I got many very good comments, so I decided to make it a little more formal than just a conversation on Facebook that eventually is going to disappear….
If you are short on time and don’t want to read everything that’s been said, here is my favorite:
- Todd Trzaskos: I believe that a true #winelover who gains great wine knowledge through study and experience, is ultimately humbled by the vastness and depth of the subject, and realizes that the people who grow, make, share and consume the end product are a true community within which wine snobbery has no place.
Magnus Reuterdahl: I think that anyone who falls in love with a subject, products or what ever wants to know more about it – if that comes from books, articles, blog posts etc does not really matter. The more you learn the more you want to know or you get bored and tag along the next thing that comes along, it might be considered snobby but is rather quite a natural consequence – with knowledge you get picky. Life is just to short for boring wines (or you just wants to get drunk and don’t care about it)!
Adam Japko: Luiz, book knowledge does not produce snobs at any more vigorous pace than lots of field and tasting experience might….it’s all about the person, their values, how nicely they play in the sand box, and their Karma. Your personal style and friendship is always a pleasure in my world and club!
Cathrine Todd: I agree with Adam Japko… I could go on a ridiculously rant on this subject, but will try to keep it short. It doesn’t matter how much people have read or not read, how much they have, what degrees they have or not have, ect.. or whatever other superficial things people can label them with.. their values, ethics, yes, how nicely they play with others are extremely important… but also, they need to be comfortable and secure with themselves. Nice open minded people who have a strong character will never be snobby no matter what happens. That is why you can “never judge a book by its cover” … hehehe.. Also, like what Todd has to say, and that is the way it should be!
Sarah May Grunwald: Wine snobs are like hipsters. Lot of talk without a lot of real experience. Wine snobs forget that wine is made first by a farmer in a vineyard. Wine snobs forget that connection to the land and focus on the label. Just as bad a food snobs.
Luiz Alberto: Wise words, Luciana… but I was confronted today by this tweet by W. Blake Gray (I think most of us know him): “@TheWineHub A lot of travelers like to say that they aren’t tourists. Sometimes we are what others say we are, like it or not.” Apparently some people believe that “perception is reality”…
Luciana Braz: Perception is reality for the observer, always. The Tweet seams to talk about cultural shock between the interactive subjects and the third one (the observer). If you grew up in a touristic city you´d say “they´re all tourists, even the what-ever-nationality professor doing her/his field research”.. if you didn´t she/he would be “working and enjoy her/his free time by the sun once and while”… and Philosophy comes up, a few definitions and parameters have to be set to start talking <- Do I feel snob saying that… well… a little bit…
Luiz Alberto: Luciana: Agreed! And to take it further… is not what you say, is it? It’s about your audience… some people may think you’re snob just because you love Champagne… And please don’t feel snob when you say those “philosophical things”… I know you don’t!
Stephan Steve Bosák: I am a nice guy who loves wine amongst many other things !! I would never be condescending to anyone !! Most insecure people are stuck up snobs.
Ed Hodson: Snobbery comes from insecurity, flawed understanding, and lack of knowledge, along with excessive concern about the opinions of others and a warped need to be perceived as special. Books are the cure. So #winelovers who DON’T read wine books are more likely to become snobs than those who do. #Winelovers who read tons of wine books have high potential for becoming #winebores, an entirely different creature.
Brett Jones: Snob. Anyone who thinks they are better than someone else based upon superficial factors. When you read a lot of books you don’t have time to be superficial…
Stacy Sullivan Woods: Wine snobs put themselves above all others. There are beer snobs, car snobs, watch snobs etc. I feel sorry for snobs. They don’t get it and don’t know that they don’t get it. A saturated sponge full of dishwater, full of nothing useful. #Winelovers on the other hand are always thirsty for knowledge and are generous when sharing their own.
Stacy Sullivan Woods: In the spirit or Bastille day – “judge a man by his questions rather than his answers” – Voltaire the snob has no questions but all of the answers.
Fabien Lainé: Knowledge is great only when you use it properly. Your behavior can make you pretentious or snob…
And here is the definition of a #winelover:
What is a winelover? An easy answer is someone who loves wine. For me it is a little more than that, for me it is the wine, things that are connected with wine and personal meetings. The #winelover-community is enabling all this and more. You might have seen some of our awesome t-shirts or badges…
There’s a clear difference!! 🙂
Luiz Alberto, #winelover