Being a wine critic is a very challenging job. In the field of wine, being a wine critic is the equivalent to being a restaurant critic in the food industry. Food critics are often looked up to by the majority of consumers who believe them to be knowledgeable about the quality of food that they consume. The wine industry, on the other hand, is dominated by the few big players and small wineries which have been the key driving forces behind the wine’s popularity for years.
Wine critics have their second issue, too, that is very similar to those of restaurant critics. They need to be critical about the wines they are reviewing. The second issue for reviewers is that as much as possible, they must highlight the advantages and disadvantages of the wine. This means that wine critics should not just state the name of the wine as if it were the most important factor for the consumer to remember.
However, even with the second issue, wine critics still have quite a difficult task because of a very simple reason: the wine industry itself is an opaque one. The wine companies, winemakers, brokers and others in the wine industry have very powerful lobbies, some of them with tremendous wealth. The powerful wine lobby has successfully intimidated the majority of reviewers, causing them to be more objective with their reviews. Some critics even fear retaliation from the powerful wine lobby if they do not toe the line and go overboard in their wine criticism. But the good thing is that this lobby is now doing its best to make sure that all reviews are based on the same standards.
So what makes a wine critic become an influential wine critic? First of all, you need to know where to find the good wine critics. This can be very difficult because most of the major wine critics reside in California or France, both of which happen to be the most influential wine producing countries in the world. Some California and French wines are imported into the United States and the US laws are not so stringent when it comes to reviewing these wines. In addition, France also has its own wine industry lobby that helps regulate the quality of French wine in the US.
You need to find an English wine critic in order to review French wines and English wines in turn become influential. You need to find an English wine critic who is very knowledgeable about English wines as well as the English wine industry. An English expert wine critic needs to taste wines from across the pond and write about them in a way that anyone who reads his or her reviews can get a clear picture of the taste and texture of each wine. Another important issue is that the critic needs to write about new vintages and not just review old vintages that have been reviewed previously. It is not only important for the expert to do his or her homework, but the expert should also realize that there are many people who would like to take these reviews and use them to sell wines that are not authentic French wine. Therefore, a savvy English wine critic will be able to recognize this and warn the public about these imposters.
The American wine critics are more rigid in their approach to reviewing wine than their English counterparts are. Their grading system depends on the number and kind of the grapes used to make the wine. In order to earn their top prizes in the US, most wine critics have to be part of the judging panel of the wine manufacturer. However, many wine experts have begun writing tasting notes and reviews on their own, based on their personal and professional experience with different kinds of wines. Others have also joined the ranks of American wine critics and are available online through ezines.
The French wine writers have been able to build their reputations by creating wine publications that are widely read and widely regarded in the industry. The French also have an acknowledged system for reviewing the different kinds of wine and they even have a literary category in the French government that is responsible for encouraging wine writers to create wine reviews. The French also have their own wine magazines that are highly regarded in the field of literature.
Italian critics also have their own prestigious wine magazine, which is published in more than twenty languages. Although the Italian wine critics have gained much wider recognition in the field of literature and in the field of gastronomy and cuisine, the Italian critics have often had to face the accusation of cultural insensitivity. For example, many of them have had to defend their views on certain abstaining from alcohol, as being related to Italian culture. They have also faced accusations of being little more than sexists and of having a proclivities for social power, as being indicative of the fact that Italian women are supposed to be powerful and in control of their sexuality.