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Faux Woe

Faux woe of the day

It’s impossible to forget how hard I worked to get into the wine business. I suspect that many others have had the same struggles, so a faux woe won’t play well with us as easily as it might with the general public.

There’s a person inside of me that’s very much like HoseMaster of Wine Ron Washam… We’ve both been in the business for a long time, we’ve paid our dues, and neither of us take any prisoners when it comes to faux anything.

So, here’s my faux woe…

I don’t get this statement that I frequently see, when it comes to a wine tasting. If you’re a winemaker, okay, I can get it. It’s a very scientific process, and that kind of intensity can have its own moments. But, to show a line up of great wines, as someone who is about to enjoy some fabulous wine and claim, “It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it,” is just a faux woe… It’s a delightful job, so why not say something to that effect?

I had an English teacher once, who wouldn’t let any of us use the word, “nice.” She called it her major idiosyncrasy. Well, this one’s mine. If I were in Mary Samway’s shoes today, and all of these people working for the wine business were my students, I’d ban the sentence, “It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.”

Tell it like it is, people… It will be much more interesting, sincere, and not evoking any envy…

“It’s a great job, and I love having every extraordinary opportunity that’s afforded to me,” is my counter…

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4 Responses to “Faux Woe”

  1. I’m so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to taste wine and meet winemakers and experience the places where the wine is grown and made–and then to be able to share those experiences in writing. I hear that line often, and I may have even used it, but I always think about how I appreciate what I am doing. This is one reason why I love Elaine Browne aka Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews because she is so grateful and she expresses it so well. I know you know her, Jo, but for others who may not, check her out: http://wakawakawinereviews.com/

  2. Jo,

    Sounds like you need an exorcism. Get that damned HoseMaster out of you! Maybe spew some split pea soup.

    Thank you for the shoutout. Yup, the biz, which is not at all like real work, has far too many complainers. Hey, I’m no Elaine Browne, but I’m still grateful for having spent my life tasting and enjoying the greatest beverage in the world.

    The real phrase is, “Nobody has to do it.”

  3. Jo Diaz says:

    I may have used it once or twice myself, Gwendolyn… I’ve grown weary of it, because we’re all so lucky, as you’ve said. I’ve turned the Pollyanna leaf, I fear…

  4. Jo Diaz says:

    Ewwwwww spew split pee soup… Ron. what an image. Funny.

    Yup… “Nobody has to do it” is right.

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