Originally Posted by Fabienne
For having recently driven from one wine producing village to another in Burgundy, I can assure you that, at least there, there is no pretention whatsoever. You'll often find the producer himself or herself leading the tasting. One look at their hands, that's all you need to understand.
I think the pretension that I have sensed from time to time comes more from some of (and I stress the word "some of," as such pretension is obviously not present in any of the posts in this thread) the enthusiasts and critics than the producers themselves (i.e. the self-perceived "experts"). See, for example, Paul Giamatti's character in Sideways
("I'm not drinking any f***ing Merlot!"). This is not the "industry" per se, so I probably should have chosen my words more carefully.
Anyways, no offense meant. I would love to have a larger knowledge of wine, but I find that, even in small amounts, most wines give me a bad headache. Thus, I stick more to bourbon, gin, beer, and the occasional scotch.