Wine Bores Redefined
I think I know what a wine bore is. And I know I am sometimes a wine bore myself. But there is a new kind of wine bore who, to my mind at least, is a lot worse than the person who insists on reciting the 1855 classification of Bordeaux châteaux. This bore is the inverted snob.
Presented with a glass of 2008 Caymus Special Selection, she instructed me that nobody can tell the difference between a ten dollar wine and a fifty dollar one. (The wine she was holding actually cost quite a bit more than her upper limit, but I thought it wouldn’t be prudent to say so.) She then told me about a perfectly respectable (actually quite good) wine that Consumer Reports had told her was actually the best wine that money could buy. All the so-called connoisseurs were fools!
I resolved there and then to stock up on some perfectly acceptable wines (preferably endorsed by Consumer Reports!) and never to serve her my best again! I bought a case of Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva 2006 to serve during the holiday season.
It is a delicious wine – cherries and plums with hints of vanilla from the time spent in the wood. I loved it, and it was great value at $9.49! I don’t know whether it has the endorsement of Consumer Reports, but that is what the new style bores will be drinking while I sneak off and pour a glass of my Leoville Barton 2003 and share it with the old bores!