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.