I have wonderful customers, especially the wine club members. These people have no resistance to "going there" with me. Cotes du Rhone blanc? Sure! Washington State lemberger? Bring it! Corvina? Yes please!
I love that. Its what keeps me working so hard, helps fuel my passion, & quite frankly just thrills me.
But there is one thing that makes me cringe, makes me angry, & sends shockwaves of irritation throughout my body: Wine Racism
Wine Racism manifests itself in a few ways.
"I don't drink white wine. I only drink red."
"Uggh, I HATE riesling"
"Rose? eww isn't that, like, white zin or something?"
"I only drink white because all the sulfites in red wine give me a headache"
Look, first & foremost I truly believe you should drink what you like but don't use that as an excuse to not explore other wines.
Open your minds a little & if you trust your retailer then listen to them. Ask questions, be inquisitive, take a chance.
But for the love of god DON'T BE A WINE RACIST!!!
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