Why? I’m uninspired. I’ve dumped more wine down the drain in the last two weeks than in my entire wine drinking career. Life is too short to drink boring, insipid, or just plain bad wine. It’s not worth the calories and where I used to fight my way through a bottle I didn’t really care for, I now just dump them down the drain and open a new bottle. I’m not looking for a revelation or inspiration in every bottle of wine, but I do expect a reaction that’s more than just “meh.”
I shouldn’t sip a glass of wine and think, I might as well be drinking a glass of water, this wine is just about as interesting as comparing the differences between tap water, filtered water, and bottled water. Unless that sort of thing floats your boat, then, go for it, more power to you! But for me, I find it hard to get excited to write about a wine where I can’t even honestly say it would make a good inexpensive table wine.
Even though I find it hard to write about these wines, I do. I have a couple reasons why I review wines I find boring or even flat out bad. One, I think it’s important that you get a full picture of what my palate is. Perhaps you’ve been reading my blog for some time thinking, well, I’ve never had any of these wines Sonadora writes about, so I’m not really sure if I would like them. And then bam! I write a review for a wine you’ve had and loved and I loved it too. Or the opposite: I trash a wine you think is fantastic. I know that helps me understand the palates of other wine reviewers, so I hope you find it useful too. Two, if possible, I want to warn you about wines that are actually faulty. If a Cabernet Sauvignon tastes like a Syrah, that’s just not right, and you should know that. While you might not avoid the wine, at least you’ll know you aren’t going to find a typical Cabernet Sauvignon in the bottle if you do buy it.
As a result, I write about every bottle I open here on Wannabe Wino. The good, the bad, and the just plain ugly. The only time I don’t write about the wine is if it is corked or cooked. It wouldn’t be fair for me to judge a wine I know to be a cooked or corked. Though I have written about ones I suspect to be cooked or corked in order to solicit your thoughts on whether my bottle really was off or if it’s just a wine I don’t like. And I appreciate your feedback on those! It may take me a bit longer to get around to writing about the bad or meh wines, but I get there eventually. Frankly, it’s much easier to write about a wine I’m excited about, than one I chose to toss down the drain.
Do you find reviews about bad, meh, or uninspiring wines to be useful?