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Setting a wine blogger straight

One of the categories here is Beer & Wine. That’s not Beer versus Wine.

Jennifer Jordan would seem to disagree. She has written a stupid, and offensive to many, piece titled “Climbing the Liquor Ladder: Going from Beer to Wine.” What’s amazing is how many beer drinkers joined the conversation (which is what blogs are about).

Jay Brooks as done more than just comment – taking her to task in a lengthy blog post.

Is she a genuine wine snob, mean-spirited, or simply taking a lead from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columnist who grabbed all kind of attention (and many links) by taking a poke at beer snobs?

I hope this isn’t a trend. Want to generate a little traffic for your newspaper site, blog, whatever? Write something offensive about people who drink beer, see your list of comments grow near 100.

The curious part is that if her goal is to motivate beer drinkers to “move up to wine” or to somehow educate them about the pleasures of drinking wine (and there are many) then her column wasn’t worth much. On the other hand, because so many beer drinkers added solid suggestions her post ended up adding a little beer education to the blogosphere.

Good job, folks.

Think we should invite her to the first beer blogging day?

4 Responses to Setting a wine blogger straight

  1. Loren February 16, 2007 at 5:38 pm #

    Smart marketing for true crapbag media outlets no? They’re feeding their #’s with the rabid backlash from the internet beer world. These pieces, and their hosts, should be treated like the National Inquirer. Have any truly reputable news sources produced such trivial filth degrading the name of beer? I would bet there’s not many.

    This latest piece is just a shameless cry for attention. Not to mention the fact this is poorly written. Winner all around! Go Jennifer!

  2. SteveH February 19, 2007 at 5:56 pm #

    The sad part to me is that I like wine very much. Though maybe not as much as beer, I appreciate all of the same enjoyable aspects in a wine that I do in beer. Whatever became of the term “wino?”


  3. Stan Hieronymus February 19, 2007 at 8:19 pm #

    Winos are still around aren’t they?

    But your question makes a point. In American Vintage Paul Lukacs points out the Thunderbird fortified wine was the best seller in the United States in the 1950s.

    Winemakers have upgraded their customer base and image just a bit since. They got a 25 (or so) year head start.

  4. SteveH February 19, 2007 at 8:46 pm #

    When did wine drinkers upgrade their image so much that they have to look down their noses at we beer drinkers?

    US wine “enthusiasts” should take a cue from European wine lovers, who enjoy wine in general and see no need for it to alter their social status. Funny, their beer lovers are very similar.

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