Editor's Note: "Hatred of a straw man is a powerful force," says Blake Gray in this column from June of this year. The monthly columnist comes to the defense of so-called "wine snobs," those much maligned élitists of movies and New Yorker cartoons. However, the people to whom the term is applied are usually the everyday enthusiasts like you and me. –Tom Mansell, Science Editor
Fan: Do all wine snobs always wave their pinkies in the air? Law: I drink beer, so I don't know. The "wine snob" is a pernicious villain in modern America, a witch of Salem that must frequently be rooted out and publicly flogged.