Sommeliers everywhere love to hate California wines, writes Tim Fish, who claims wine experts snub the state's offerings simply because of preference, not because of its supposed low quality. "Yes, there are many bad California wines, but the same is true with Bordeaux, Chianti and elsewhere. Trends come and go, especially in the freethinking New World, and history repeats," he writes. "In the end it comes down to 'to each his own,' and always has. I only take issue when tastemakers feel obligated to tear something down in order make their preferences appear superior."
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