Competitions, Wine guides, Wine Critics, Wine Magazines.........they are all “references” but they can all (in some form or other) stand accused of biased judgement and advice. Nonetheless, many of us (all?) refer to them as something of a Map to guide ourselves in our purchasing decisions.
In a perfect world, we should only make buying decision based upon our own taste buds. However, for most people, there simply isn't the opportunity to individually learn, taste and select.
So, we use some of the above "tools" to help us filter through the endless global choices down to a more manageable quantity.
My questions to the board are:
• Which of the above represent greater or lesser reference?
• How should we use them in a critical and effective manner?
• What other means are there for a “Consumer” to find his way though the maze to quality, value, new and exciting wines?
P.S. Even this cherished board is, inevitably, full of opinionated advice...help!?! Who can I turn to??
PPS: Who do we believe ....or like all things in life, should be we simply take a critical and analytical view of everything others tell us?