Originally posted by BRR:
That was hilarious, pape du neuf! I particularly liked this bit:
"The goal was for restaurant owners, wine shop owners, winery owners, anyone who had some need for a pet sommelier, to adopt one from the Sommelier Shelters rather than hire a new one. You could walk into a shelter and pick one out, one with the cutest eyes, or one that might have been a mongrel, perhaps rabid for natural wine and destined for a short life, but who spoke to you."
It kind of reminds me of over enthusiastic newbies working for agents at tastings. I was at one on Monday and asked 'what is that one?'. I mistakenly thought it would be clear that I merely wanted to know the name and year... I got a 2 minute barrage of every factoid this tool could regurgitate about the wine in infinitesimal detail, like a John LeCarre novel. Apparently it never occurred to him that I came to the tasting to find out for myself what the wines tasted like. Arrrgh.