Old wine bores and new wine dudes: how to identify them
Posted at 11:40 am , on April 4, 2014
Which team are you on?
Is wine – finally – becoming hip? I asked in The Telegraph last autumn. The answer is yes, of course. We might not have completely laid to rest the idea that having an opinion about what wine you drink, or spending more than £5 on a bottle marks you out as a ghastly raging snob but, finally, there is a new generation of wine drinkers who love to get stuck in, to talk about what they’re drinking and who will go to great lengths to track down a much-loved bottle. Here’s a rough guide to the old and new breeds….with thanks to Miles Davis and Jo Wehring for their clever contributions. Not to be taken too seriously…
||Old wine bore
||New wine dude
||Red trousers, mustard cords, tweed
||Check shirts, facial hair, ironic geek glasses
||Radio 4, Classic FM, opera
||Vinyl, 6 Music, Spotify playlists
||Has a cellar full of claret (bought en primeur) and vintage port
||Top-end muscadet, beaujolais cru (“Still an under-valued region – you can buy the best here for less than £30”); pinot noir; ‘natural wine’; orange wine (white wines made with skin contact so they get an amber glow)
||I say, old boy, I may have slightly overdone it on the Talbot
||Yeah, we smashed a couple of bottles each last night
||Rugger and cricket
||Foota and mini pingers
||Why go anywhere other than Boodles or White’s?
||Sager & Wilde on Hackney Road; Quo Vadis if braving the West End
||Small schooner of pale cream
||Large wine glass of chilled en rama
|Drinks out of
||Cut crystal, or cheap Habitat
||4 x 4
|Favourite wine regions
||Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne
||Georgia (for its wines stored in kvevri), Etna (nerello mascalese), Swartland, Burgundy
|Thoughts on mixologists?
||Something to do with rabbits, wasn’t it?
||Bring it on…mine’s an aviation
||Fulham, Chelsea, the Home Counties or in the family seat
||Tooting Bec, Walthamstow, Hackney or with parents….the housing market’s impossible.
||In a suit and earns a salary
||In the music industry/IT but now mainly blogging
|Wine writing hero
||Neal Martin, Jamie Goode*
|Buys wine from
||Berry Bros & Rudd
||The Real Wine Fair, Wine Car Boot
* Added by popular demand.
Jamie Goode at the Tesco press tasting sporting what I like to call “The Natural Wine Check Shirt”