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Important vs. Unimportant tastings

#1 Post by Ian S » May 9th, 2019, 5:47 am

What factors decide whether a wine tasting is "important" or "unimportant"? Age of the bottles? Expense of the bottles? Amount of bottles involved? Ego of the OP? Please let me know in case I want to post notes on a vertical or horizontal at some point. I'd hate to label my thread incorrectly.

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#2 Post by John Morris » May 9th, 2019, 6:50 am

I'd say the chief factor is the note-taker's sense of self-importance. neener

(My thread's heading was poking fun at Tom Reddick's.)
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#3 Post by Ramon C » May 9th, 2019, 7:22 am

John Morris wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 6:50 am
I'd say the chief factor is the note-taker's sense of self-importance. neener

(My thread's heading was poking fun at Tom Reddick's.)
This was obvious, and nicely done, if I may. [cheers.gif]

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#4 Post by Markus S » May 9th, 2019, 7:29 am

If you are feeling full of yourself that day, then you will be self-important. If not, then treat it as humble pie.
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#5 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » May 9th, 2019, 7:42 am

John Morris wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 6:50 am
I'd say the chief factor is the note-taker's sense of self-importance. neener

(My thread's heading was poking fun at Tom Reddick's.)
I thinking Todd should add a feature so that we can highlight our threads in a special color when we are feeling self-important.

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#6 Post by Neal.Mollen » May 9th, 2019, 10:30 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 7:42 am
John Morris wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 6:50 am
I'd say the chief factor is the note-taker's sense of self-importance. neener

(My thread's heading was poking fun at Tom Reddick's.)
I thinking Todd should add a feature so that we can highlight our threads in a special color when we are feeling self-important.
Posts that are made by the self-important show in black type on this site
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#7 Post by GregT » May 9th, 2019, 10:36 am

Neal.Mollen wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 10:30 am
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 7:42 am
John Morris wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 6:50 am
I'd say the chief factor is the note-taker's sense of self-importance. neener

(My thread's heading was poking fun at Tom Reddick's.)
I thinking Todd should add a feature so that we can highlight our threads in a special color when we are feeling self-important.
Posts that are made by the self-important show in black type on this site
I've noticed that.
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#8 Post by Chris Seiber » May 9th, 2019, 11:02 am

Ian S wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 5:47 am
What factors decide whether a wine tasting is "important" or "unimportant"? Age of the bottles? Expense of the bottles? Amount of bottles involved? Ego of the OP? Please let me know in case I want to post notes on a vertical or horizontal at some point. I'd hate to label my thread incorrectly.

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#9 Post by John Morris » May 9th, 2019, 11:47 am

Neal.Mollen wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 10:30 am
Posts that are made by the self-important show in black type on this site
And narcissists' posts look like this. That's the tell.
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#10 Post by Anton D » May 9th, 2019, 12:25 pm

If it involves pontificating about drinking alcohol, none rise to ‘important.’

My approach:

I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And then find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.
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#11 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » May 9th, 2019, 1:05 pm

John Morris wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 11:47 am
Neal.Mollen wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 10:30 am
Posts that are made by the self-important show in black type on this site
And narcissists' posts look like this. That's the tell.
What if you are so important, and everyone knows it, that your posts are highlighted just by the mere presence of the thread?

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#12 Post by Mark Golodetz » May 9th, 2019, 1:21 pm

A gentleman with differing views on wine to mine goes to see a doctor. The doctor gives him tests, and tells him the bad news. He goes home and puts on his tuxedo, and admires himself in the mirror His wife asks what him what the hell is going on. “The doctor tells me I am going to be impotent, so I am going to dress impotent.”

As for tastings, I think we should all agree that they are either potent or unimpotent.
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#13 Post by John Davis » May 9th, 2019, 1:37 pm

"Important" wines is one of the wine geek platitudes that I detest. Sorry. Just seems a bit pretentious and precious. So, to the OP, I can't help.

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#14 Post by Claus Jeppesen » May 9th, 2019, 1:43 pm

Tasting of wines from areas starting with B are always important.....
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#15 Post by Bill Tex Landreth » May 9th, 2019, 1:57 pm

John Morris wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 11:47 am
Neal.Mollen wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 10:30 am
Posts that are made by the self-important show in black type on this site
And narcissists' posts look like this. That's the tell.
I thought it was this colour.
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#16 Post by Jay Miller » May 9th, 2019, 2:03 pm

If you have to ask then you're unimportant.
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#17 Post by Anton D » May 9th, 2019, 2:47 pm

My wife and I are traveling today and I am on my phone hanging here. I’d add more but we are passing a rest area and I have something important I need to do!
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#18 Post by John Morris » May 9th, 2019, 2:58 pm

Thanks for sharing that.
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#19 Post by Howard Cooper » May 9th, 2019, 5:07 pm

The important threads are the ones about whether one can wear a suit without socks or a tie; watches; shaving; shoes; what size house we live in and Game of Thrones. I did not realize that there were any important tastings.
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#20 Post by Joe S. » May 9th, 2019, 8:17 pm

Important tastings are 1st world tastings.
I attended an unimportant tasting once - there was no one else in attendance as it was not important, so I left.
Unimportant tastings are dead at retail...
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#21 Post by Ian S » May 9th, 2019, 8:25 pm

Anton D wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 12:25 pm

I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And then find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.
So, basically, you're saying try to marry up. Gotcha. [cheers.gif]
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#22 Post by Tom Reddick » May 9th, 2019, 10:18 pm

Oh wow- just noticed this.

For my part, I think this may have been the first time I ever used the term "Important" in the title of a tasting thread. And no snobbery intended- though in retrospect I can see how that could be inferred.

The reference had to do with the depth of the tasting and the degree of insight it provided. I might say the same if a horizontal tasting was of sufficient breadth. It is not intended to say the tasting is better than other tastings- but to reflect the degree of learning that it conferred. I am a big fan of Chateau Magdelaine, but seeing so many vintages side by side had a profound impact on my understanding of the vineyard and just how long-lived the wines are built to be.

I have attended tastings that had a far greater bottle count and/or a much higher market value, but they did not confer the degree of insight that a carefully focused tasting like this can do with respect to the narrow focus that is the tasting's theme.

That said, the jabs are well-merited and accepted in good spirit.
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#23 Post by Anton D » May 9th, 2019, 11:40 pm

Claus Jeppesen wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Tasting of wines from areas starting with B are always important.....
Kudos for that! I truly did laugh out loud!
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#24 Post by Anton D » May 9th, 2019, 11:42 pm

John Morris wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Thanks for sharing that.
You know my motto, sniff it and move on.
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#25 Post by Anton D » May 9th, 2019, 11:43 pm

Ian S wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:25 pm
Anton D wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 12:25 pm

I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And then find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.
So, basically, you're saying try to marry up. Gotcha. [cheers.gif]
[drinkers.gif]
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#26 Post by mark rudner » May 10th, 2019, 10:12 am

i'm far more interested in when it's ok to refer to yourself in the third person in your thread title [scratch.gif]

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#27 Post by John Morris » May 10th, 2019, 10:13 am

Tom Reddick wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 10:18 pm
That said, the jabs are well-merited and accepted in good spirit.
Glad to hear that, as the urge to razz you was irresistible! [cheers.gif]
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#28 Post by Craig G » May 10th, 2019, 10:13 am

mark rudner wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 10:12 am
i'm far more interested in when it's ok to refer to yourself in the third person in your thread title [scratch.gif]
It depends on your importance.
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#29 Post by mark rudner » May 10th, 2019, 10:17 am

Craig G wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 10:13 am
mark rudner wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 10:12 am
i'm far more interested in when it's ok to refer to yourself in the third person in your thread title [scratch.gif]
It depends on your importance.
so it's kind of the same type of issue?

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#30 Post by John Morris » May 10th, 2019, 10:31 am

mark rudner wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 10:17 am
Craig G wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 10:13 am
mark rudner wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 10:12 am
i'm far more interested in when it's ok to refer to yourself in the third person in your thread title [scratch.gif]
It depends on your importance.
so it's kind of the same type of issue?
Actually, it's an issue of different types.
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#31 Post by Hank Victor » May 10th, 2019, 2:48 pm

wines that make you think and jot down a response are considered important to me. It can be a single digit priced wine or a triple+ digit priced wine. I would love to see more tasting notes on this site about more accessible wines. Those of you posting unicorn wine notes please don't stop either.
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#32 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » May 10th, 2019, 3:06 pm

Craig G wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 10:13 am
mark rudner wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 10:12 am
i'm far more interested in when it's ok to refer to yourself in the third person in your thread title [scratch.gif]
It depends on your importance.
I know an elite cyclist that refers to himself in third-person, but using his nom de guerre. Is that the height of self-importance and delusion?

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#33 Post by Craig G » May 10th, 2019, 3:30 pm

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Craig G wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 10:13 am
mark rudner wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 10:12 am
i'm far more interested in when it's ok to refer to yourself in the third person in your thread title [scratch.gif]
It depends on your importance.
I know an elite cyclist that refers to himself in third-person, but using his nom de guerre. Is that the height of self-importance and delusion?
Owl have to think that over.
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#34 Post by Arv R » May 11th, 2019, 5:44 pm

Oh that's easy - important tastings have imported wines, such as Bordeaux.

Unimportant tastings have domestic wines, such as California syrah.

This is like an SAT trick question or something!
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#35 Post by Ian S » May 12th, 2019, 4:10 pm

Arv R wrote:
May 11th, 2019, 5:44 pm

This is like SAT trick question or something!
Can you have trick questions on SUN, MON, or TUES too?
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#36 Post by Rauno E (NZ) » May 12th, 2019, 9:20 pm

I thought this had come about because the French word for important actually has a broader meaning - i.e. some posters with French as their first language have transliterated their thread titles and hence ended up with "An important tasting of..." when a more appropriate translation might have been "extensive" or "significant" or some such. As French is not even my fourth language, perhaps somebody who knows more can chime in :)!
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#37 Post by John Morris » May 13th, 2019, 12:31 pm

Since the genesis of this thread was one started by Tom Reddick, whose first language, I'm pretty sure is English, I don't think this is a matter of mistranslation.
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#38 Post by Rauno E (NZ) » May 13th, 2019, 3:54 pm

John - but when Tom did that, I assumed it was in homage (hommage ;)?) to previous thread titles.
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#39 Post by Craig G » May 14th, 2019, 7:00 am

John Morris wrote:
May 13th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Since the genesis of this thread was one started by Tom Reddick, whose first language, I'm pretty sure is English, I don't think this is a matter of mistranslation.
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#40 Post by Jeremy C » May 14th, 2019, 7:32 am

Ouch.

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