Time for a Hall of Shame
Thursday 22 April
I picked up a copy of Simon Difford’s Class magazine this week. It’s very swish: all bells and whistles but my favourite part of the bartender’s magazine was its Hall of Shame page. Oh, how I laughed: find a crap product and tell people what you think.
Why hasn’t the wine world done that? There’s plenty of rubbish out there that people should be warned off and it’d be a lot more interesting than simply reading about what’s nice. I find it quite refreshing to read honest columns and a ‘What’s Not Hot’ would spice things up a bit.
I’ve also been re-reading Eats Shoots and Leaves this week, a book about the demise of spelling and grammar. Yes I admit it, I’m a stickler. I’ve not had the misfortune to taste any terrible wine this week, so I’m putting the Sussex Wine Company in my Hall of Shame for grammatical reasons. I stumbled across this wine description on their website and it got my goat:
“The Chateau, Lamothe Bergeron, was promoted Cru Middle-class Superior at the time of the revision of the classification of 1932, occurred in June 2003.” Er, I think you might mean Cru Bourgeois and the last bit doesn’t make sense.
“The usual blend is perdominately Cabernet Sauvignon with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.” Try spellcheck next time.
I think I might make the Hall of Shame a more regular thing. If you find anything wine-related that is a prime candidate, let me know!