Recognising the Wine Snob at a Dinner Party

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing!

Don’t be intimidated by the wine snob, if you pick up aromas of gooseberry or new flip flops from you Sauvignon blanc, then say it!   The following pointers are clear indications that you are in the company of that most irritating of creature; the wine snob!

He will repeatedly refer to the legs on his glass as if it were an indication of the quality of the wine, of course forgetting that the dishwasher detergent used by the host may also influence those “legs”

He will insist on leaving his reds open by the fire “to bring them up to room temperature”…….Your fireplace is on average about  900˚C.

He makes a Freudian slip by saying “premature ejaculation” when he meant “malolactic fermentation.”

Screwcaps are the scourge of the wine world and only to be found on cheap wines

It has to be reserva for him

He slurps, murmurs and moans each time he takes a sip of wine, mumbling positives, which sounds, when you close your eyes, like a small animal dying in a nearby field.

He will pepper his conversation, often incorrectly, with foreign wine words like “terroir” and“cepage”  …….”There is quite alot of Cepage around the top of this cork, Darling”…..


He actually knows a winemaker to whom he refers by Christian name regularly. If you are lucky he might even show you their number in his phone.

He would never buy wine in a supermarket

He uses the cop-out word “subtle” a lot when describing his wine.

He will tell you about a very expensive wine he had, how much it had cost, who had paid and how wonderful it was without actually telling you anything about the wine itself.


About winephantom

The recession has hit hard, no more tipping the last 1/2 glass out of the champagne bottle because it's a tad too warm. My lender would be kicking down my door for his interest if he knew I was drinking at all. Now I spend my time with the €5-€10 bottles discovering some real value and encountering some swamp donkeys to be avoided. This blog is a Wine Diploma holding palate, forced to trawl the murky depths populated by the bare knuckle fighters of the "entry level" wine world, trying to reveal the real crackers. Tasting notes exposed!! Regular explanations of the rubbish that are tasting notes! Wine Waffle indeed! Stories and trivia about wine.
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