This is where many “experts” tend to differ – with each other, and also with the general public. These “experts” will tell you about the physical characteristics of the wine, and many other qualities when evaluating it (all things that matter as to whether THEY like it), but few will consider the simple question of whether YOU will like it! As an amateur wine lover who managed to carve a career in the industry, I have had the “privilege” of attending numerous wine tastings. These experts are often the ones flying around from table to table, tasting as many different wines as possible, talking to nobody else, and scrambling to write all their notes as quickly as possible. They seemingly pay very little attention to actually appreciating anything about the wine, what someone else might think of it, and definitely are not thinking of you, the consumer.
To me, this approach has always seemed really strange and probably explains why selecting wine is so difficult for the general consumer. When I’m looking to buy a wine, I want to know whether I’m actually going to enjoy it with some reasonable degree of certainty. If you’re anything like me, and the notes “has the nose of a wet fart, and drinks like cat piss” are completely unhelpful in selecting your wine, then you probably get where I’m coming from. The problem with the wine “experts” is that they will make you feel like you’re the stupid one for not embracing their idiotic perspective. Truth be told, they are the idiots. They are reviewing wines and have an absolute inability to practice any empathy for those who are supposed to be using their services.
At Winestyr, we actually take the time to appreciate each wine we put on our site. Bob and Pooneet are our wine experts, but we taste the wines as a team. That way, we get the perspective of the amateur wine drinker as well. We do our best to tell you not only why it’s good, but why you will like it. Admittedly, we have not perfected the science and we are constantly working to make it better. In the meantime, if you need any help beyond the basics of our site, shoot us a message and we’ll help you select the perfect wine. At the end of the day, a great wine is something you love, and nothing more!