I have decided I am a wine gob. I’m a cross between a wine snob and a wine geek. I don’t have enough money to buy the wines I’d have to drink to become a snob and I don’t know enough to be a geek, but I do have some pretty decent bottles stashed away in my room and I have read Zraly from cover to cover. So I’m proud to be a wine gob. In fact, I highly recommend it. If you can relate to any of the points below, you may be a gob too:
#1. You no longer recoil in terror at the sight of a wine list. Most times, you can even sniff out the difference between a good one and a bad one.
#2. You have a decent grasp of the concept of terroir, but draw a big fat blank when it comes to slit, clay, or loam.
#3. You know what you like, what you don’t like, and have learned to stop apologizing for it. You have no qualms about where your wine comes from – whether it’s from Rhône Valley or Hunter Valley, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you enjoyed it.
#4. You rely heavily on your notebook, Vivino or Instagram account to remind you what you drank, when, where, with whom, and whether you liked it.
#5. You have in your possession a drawer of wine accessories ― a variety of corkscrews including a few waiter’s friends and an ah-so, a vacuum sealer, a steel pourer, a couple of decanters, an aerator (you gotta love the sound it makes), and different glasses for white, red, and le bubblies.
#6. You stick to the Champagne flute despite recommendation that it’s better drunk from a bigger-bowled red wine glass.
#7. You are not averse to screw cap closures. While there’s great pleasure in the oh-so-satisfying pop of the traditional cork, you can appreciate the utilitarian nature of the screw cap, unromantic as it may be. That plus the fact that a screw cap equals zero chance of a corked wine.
#8. You don’t know everything about wine and you know it. You are far from being an expert and will probably never be one. But you’re figuring it out for yourself and having a great time doing it.