In USA Today (2/23/07), wine writer Jerry Shriver recommends a 2005 Barton & Guestier “Bistro Wine” Pinot Noir.
He says: “The fruit is restrained, the texture is soft, and there’s a smidgen of that ethereal ‘Sideways’ character lurking in the bottle.”
Now, is it just me, or is this an example of terrible writing?
To me, it seems meaningless: what specific information does a reference to a movie character communicate to the reader about the taste of the wine being discussed?
It’s even less meaningful if you, like me, haven’t seen the movie and don’t know what it’s about or who the character is.
So Jerry’s writing strikes me as unclear and uninformative.
But I don’t drink wine — or see many movies.
How would YOU rate this little bit of wine criticism by Jerry — good, bad, or terrible?