This time of year they’re as common as reindeer antlers on a 4WD… and about as useful. Wine wankers.
They breeze in to your festive occasion – just back from a tour of the Hunter/ Yarra Valley/ Barossa – and loudly announce that all the wines on offer are barely drinkable.
Instead they’ve sniffed out some terrific, limited run tipples made from rare varietals you’ve never heard of.
So why don’t you just have a sip of this cheeky, insolent Viognier/Brachetto/Carmenere and tell me… Can you detect traces of freshly cut grass/calico/unripe pineapple and singlet?
Reach for your favourite screw top bottle of cheerful Chardy ...