I’m going to put my cards on the table right now. I’m a food snob and wine wanker. How do I know this? Because of the sideways glances and smirks I get from some people when I mention I have an interest in food and wine.
I’m guilty of posting pictures of a particularly good meal or bottle of wine to Instagram or Facebook and I’ve committed the crime of expressing an interest about where the things I consume come from.
I’ve visited farms, I’ve been into kitchens and I’ve visited wineries. I’ve even picked grapes during vintage (it’s a wanky term for harvest) in the inky blackness of early morning.
What I’d like to know is why we don’t have football snobs, or Star Trek wankers? Are those worlds less exclusive? I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know the difference between a holding midfield and an anchor, or a Bajoran or a Ba’ku but does that fact that there are people out there who do make them snobs and wankers? Hardly.
So why is there such antipathy towards those who express a serious interest in food and wine? I’ll be the first to admit, the shoving your nose in a wine glass can look a bit ridiculous but it’s certainly no more ridiculous than a bunch of grown men with numbers on their back, running around a field chasing a ball.
Do some people get a little carried away sometimes? Of course. No one needs to see your morning coffee and croissant posted to Instagram each day. While oversharing certainly exists, if you share every single article the mentions your favourite football team aren’t you doing the same? Like all interests, there are people who take themselves far too seriously but most don’t.
I would argue that food and wine are some of the most accessible interests that you could possibly have. In the few years that I’ve begun to develop a serious interest, I’ve met countless winemakers, chefs, producers, farmers and fellow ‘wankers’ who have been more than happy to take time out of their busy schedules to share their love of what they do with me.
Out of all of the interests I’ve developed over the years, the world of food and wine has been one of the most welcoming and inclusive. It’s built around people who love to have a good time and like to put some thought into how they do that. So next time you roll your eyes at someone else’s interests because they’re not the same as yours, chances are the wanker is you.