I've noticed over the last couple of months an increase in clickbait type articles in my newsfeed. They all fall under the same sad little common theme: 'Top 5 Common Wine Mistakes', '8 Worst Mistakes Wine Drinkers Make', '5 Red Wine Mistakes You're Probably Making', '7 Deadly Sins of Wine'.Author not quite as illustrated. But close.
The people who wrote these articles should be ashamed of themselves. The people who published them should be ashamed. And anybody who loves wine should ignore the articles, because they are baloney.
Worse than baloney, they're designed to make novices, people who are just trying to learn about wine, feel bad or unsure about themselves and their level of knowledge. In interpersonal contact, this is a form of 'negging', where an amoral wretch attempts to break down someone's self-esteem in order to make them feel subordinate to the negger. . . causing the poor wine lover to fall for whatever nefarious plan they have in mind. It's really an evil way to manipulate another person.
The thing that makes these articles so dangerous is that they often contain nuggets of truthiness--sure, most white wine has more character when it's served slightly warmer than freezing, and reds might seem perkier served nicely cool, and letting your wine breathe a bit can help bring out aromas. But the articles seem to be preaching descended wisdom, so they'll state that a preference for cold whites or warmish reds is just plain wrong, and a 'mistake', or a 'deadly sin'. And that is simply not true....