Do you think wine blogging would generate more interest if we had someone really good to hate? Wine is an industry lousy with French people, so you’d think there’d be someone we could all agree on, a real son (or daughter) of a bitch that could be the focus of our rage and frustration. But there doesn’t seem to be.
You can still get a good rise out of people saying something nasty about Robert Parker, but his crime seems mostly to be success. I thought for a while it could be Fred Franzia, but even if you don’t like his attitude about the business (and I kind of do, though I don’t generally like his wine), at his worst he’s like a surly, eccentric uncle who’s only scary every now and then.
The wine business seems to have a lot of self-satisfied pricks and smug dunces, but not a lot of people who are manifestly evil. We need some of that. We need someone with Newt Gingrich’s personal warmth, George Soros’s air of conspiratorial ubiquity, and Goldman-Sachs’ assumption of infinite personal entitlement, the kind of person who’d set fire to a competitor’s vineyard and pin the crime on the hard-working vineyard manager who’s supporting 37 relatives back in Mexico. It would be a lot more interesting if we could identify a real rat-bastard who deserved every bad thing anyone ever said about them, so we could say lots of bad things with no feeling of guilt or accountability.
I don’t know who that might be; I’m out of ideas. But if I could find someone like that, blogging would be a lot more fun.
UPDATE: If you’re not reading the comments on this post, you’re missing all the fun.