At times there can be a thin line separating The Know It All from the knowledgeable. The Know it All thinks they know all about wine. Although the adage “The more you know the less you know” is never entirely correct there can be a grain of truth in it as applicable to wine. New wine producing regions, new wineries and hundreds of grapes etc. The knowledgeable is more humble than the Know it All. The Know it All doesn’t listen to anyone except his/her own voice. And it only worsens when they pontificate and lecture. Quite frankly they are annoying. The Know it All fails to realize inputs from friends, wine professionals or wine writers. There is nothing wrong with assisting and guiding the less knowledgeable but lording it over them is or can be intimidating. One may encounter a sommelier who is an arrogant prig on the verge of commanding the customer what to drink instead of listening to the customer and making suggestions. A customer will appreciate thoughtful and polite recommendations from a sommelier but get their back up when treated like a dunce.
Misadventures in Wine Chapter 8: Wine Drinker Profiles: “The Know it All”
Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)
Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write." View more posts