What does it mean to be an expert, and who are the monolithic public set up in opposition to them?by Barry Smith / December 14, 2016 / Leave a comment
Published in January 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
Have we had enough of wine experts? Do they represent an out-of-touch elite? Should we opt, instead, for the wisdom of the crowd?
This line of thought echoes a current trend against being talked down to or told what to think. And, at a time when the public shows little faith in economic or scientific findings, surely wine expertise doesn’t stand much of a chance. Besides, there is more than a hint of truth in the idea that other wine lovers are often condescended to by confident and competitive wine critics.