There have been many reactions to Bianca Bosker’s opinion piece in the New York Times, “Ignore the Snobs, Drink the Cheap, Delicious Wine.”
For starters, Marko Kovac pens a defense of real wine and considers the ethics involved with being a voice for wine. “At 30-something, with obvious fine writing skills, Bosker is well-placed to be one of the new wine evangelists and an authority to novice wine drinkers out there. Unfortunately, she is neither.”
Alder Yarrow reached out to Bosker, who shared her thoughts following the backlash to her piece. “I still disagree with something in the premise of her initial article,” he says, “which is not only that there’s a place for these wines in the world, but that they should be shown some love. Which at the end of the day is the wine equivalent of saying that McDonalds deserves the affection and respect of food critics and gourmets the world over for having engineered such tasty eats that can be sold at prices everyone can afford.”
Rachel Signer reacts to Bosker’s piece (which she calls “terrible, misguided journalism”) with a defense of natural wine. “Natural wine might be one of the last true hold-outs of free-thinking, libertarian, even slightly anarchistic political culture in the world, and for that it is beautiful.”
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