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In defence of the wine expert

What does it mean to be an expert, and who are the monolithic public set up in opposition to them?

By Barry Smith   January 2017

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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…

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