Post # 74 – Tasting Very Good and Very Bad Wines.

Wine bloggers just love writing positive reviews on great wines they have tasted, so much so that writers often forget how to deal with the bad wines. I have often found myself looking the other way when confronted by a bad wine. In fact, when attending wine shows where I will often taste in excess of 40 different wines, I will only write about the good wines, figuring that if you cannot say anything nice about a wine then maybe it is better to just say nothing at all. In this blog I am going to write about tasting very good and very bad wines, specifically one very good wine tasting experience with the Zind Humbrecht 1989 Gewurztraminer Heimbourg Vendange Tardive, and one very bad wine tasting experience with the 2016 Clos de los Sciete, Mendoza Argentina by Michel Rolland. Initially I was inclined to not write about the...

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Post # 73 – Coronavirus Wines

The coronavirus COVID – 19 is not to be taken lightly, and has disrupted people’s lives around the world. The scale of disruption is massive, generating fear and stress, loss of jobs and income, schools closed, businesses shut, and government imposed quarantine at home. With uncertainty comes acute stress and anxiety, which will cause many people to resort to alcohol to relax and temporarily escape their new reality. In fact, one recent press article indicated that alcohol consumption increased by 42% in the San Francisco bay area. Nobody else seems to be keeping track, but because of restaurant and bar closures the overall trend is clearly to increase home consumption of alcohol. So suddenly we have become a society of stay at home winos drinking in isolation, or if you are lucky, with your spouse. Making matters worse, you are probably stressed, nervous, anxious, lacking exercise, and looking to...

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Post # 72 – Shipwreck Wine, the Ultimate Trophy Wine.

Every serious wine collector wants to have a “Trophy Wine” on display in his wine cellar. The older the better, the more expensive the better. This wine will probably never be opened, it is there primarily for show or bragging rights, and must of course have a fantastic story behind the wine itself, or how the owner managed to acquire it, or both. If you have your current “Trophy Wine” on display in your cellar now, keep in mind that you cannot drink it without having a suitable replacement ready to take its place. And always remember that your replacement should always be an upgrade over your previous “Trophy Wine”. So what should be so special about your own “Trophy Wine”? Should it be the most expensive wine in your cellar, or maybe the oldest wine in your collection? For some it might be a wine from the year...

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Post # 71 – Decorating the Christmas Tree with the 1976 Eitelsbacher Marienholz Riesling Beerenauslese

About twenty years ago, we began a tradition of making a family event out of decorating the Christmas tree about a week or two before Christmas. And on that evening, after dinner, I would uncork a suitable dessert wine, or port, while we all decorated the tree. It has been a lot of fun, and gives just our immediate family a chance to get closer again after a year of leading separate lives. So I usually make it a point to open something special that needs to be consumed. Twenty years ago the kids were all under 18, so my wife and I would share the bottle. Today however, between the four kids and their spouses, we are often ten people sharing the bottle, so I am finding more pleasure from the good company I am keeping than the contents of that special bottle of wine I just opened....

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Post # 70 – La Grande Dégustation 2019, Montreal Wine Show

I have been to so many wine shows now that I have lost count. I went last year as well, but I had such a thick head cold that I decided not to write a report. That decision was an easy one, when I reread my notes, every wine tasted the same, so that would have been a waste of time. As I was heading to this year’s Montreal Wine Show, La Grande Dégustation 2019, on Friday November 1st I asked myself what it was that I found so entertaining about attending a wine show. This year’s specialty region of coverage was Portugal, which left me wondering if I would end up tasting port all night. In I went still wondering if I was going to have a good time or not, and why? Walking into the exhibition hall, I smiled immediately at the sight of Thomas Bachelder holding...

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