If I had the power to change the wine world I would send one type of wine drinker to therapy. It\u2019s a personality type we have all come to know and loathe. Let\u2019s call them \u201cThe Misinformed Know-it-All\u201d. Let me tell you a story:\r\n\r\n\u201cC\u00f4tes du Rh\u00f4ne Is a Grape\u201d\r\nA friend of mine was recently in a wine shop in Brooklyn, perusing some C\u00f4tes du Rh\u00f4ne. He asked the clerk about the varietals in a particular bottle and the clerk replied \u201cThat\u2019s the grape, C\u00f4tes du Rh\u00f4ne. It\u2019s a French grape.\u201d My friend tried to politely inform the clerk that C\u00f4tes du Rh\u00f4ne is a region in France, but the clerk adamantly insisted that C\u00f4tes du Rh\u00f4ne is in fact, a grape. Rather than humbly admitting fault, he clung to his misinformation with both hands.\r\n\r\nI shudder at the thought of how many future customers will get their wine\u00a0\u201cknowledge\u201d from this Misinformed Know-it-All.\r\n\r\nNeed another example? I\u2019ve got one.\r\n\r\n\u201cAll Rieslings Are Sweet\u201d\r\nI was recently dining at a popular sushi restaurant in New York and I ordered a Mosel Riesling from the wine list. I thought it would be a rather dry Riesling but when I took a sip it was apple-juice-sweet. I mentioned my surprise to the waiter who told me: \u201cWell, all Rieslings are sweet.\u201d I paused and considered how to respond, then responded \u201cSorry, that\u2019s just not true.\u201d Rather than deferring to my knowledge or trying to learn more, he simply walked away. I felt a slight pang of guilt. Did I sound like a rude wine snob, correcting a guy who was trying to help? Then again, I can\u2019t stand perpetuating confusion so I don\u2019t regret correcting him. I only wish he\u2019d listened.\r\n\r\nWine\u2019s history as an elite hobby sometimes yields an arrogance that we\u2019re just beginning to overcome. The Misinformed Know-it-All has a few facts about wine that he grasps with both hands, frequently getting mixed up in the process. Correcting their mistake is often futile, so we are stuck letting wine myths continue on.\r\n\r\nWhy do people have this wine arrogance? Some of our own editors have proudly told stories of moments when they\u2019ve learned something unexpected. Wine is a hobby with limitless knowledge and it\u2019s OK to be wrong once in awhile.\r\n\r\nThe combination of the misinformed and the complexity of wine itself leads to a dangerous mix. There should be a polite way to correct these people, but somehow I always feel like I\u2019ve kicked a puppy. Have you met a Misinformed Know-it-All? How do you handle it?