I have mixed feelings on his article as I would never stress about someone "appreciating" a wine I brought. While I agree it wouldn’t be a smart idea to bring something that is not to everyone’s tastes like a Biondi-Santi BdM to a thanksgiving filled with non-wine geeks, I also wouldn’t just bring some simple wine that I would not enjoy drinking on my own. I think there is a comfortable in between where I get to drink something I like and my family gets to try a wine that they normally wouldn’t spring for or even know about. My sister doesn’t really care all that much, but my dad has really taken a liking to wine since I started brining better wine to family events. He doesn’t have the means to buy wine so he really appreciates what I bring. Should I bring a cheap wine for my sister and a good bottle for me and my dad? That seems crazy to me. So my sister will continue to drink the wine I bring and maybe someday a particular wine will be her epiphany moment. If not, then it’s no difference to me as I buy wine to share with friends and family anyway!
I agree with you here. You know Kramer is most always going to take a "mainstream" or popular idea, then turn it upside down. But, that's the reason I enjoy his articles.
I rarely (pretty much never) open a nice bottle just for myself. Like Kramer said, "Many of us wine geeks are generous people by nature." Why would it be any different during the holidays? I'm not saying that my goal is to fund somebody's "epiphany wine." But at the same time, my cellar is not some static entity. My wine is there to drink. If the byproduct in producing a nice bottle for family & friends is creating another "one of us," great. If they don't care or like it, chalk it up to collateral damage