Everyone always talks about wine tastings and how they want to learn to be able to “taste” wine. The truth is that we don’t in fact “taste wine”, we smell wine…we feel wine…..
All great wines have a sense of place, for example a juicy, fruit-driven glass of Cabernet sauvignon takes me to Napa Valley and an austerely acidic, petrel-laden glass of Riesling takes me to the Mosel in Germany, while the earthy, saddle-socks, barnyard, and game of a Cotes du Rhone take me to the south of France. In the same sense, a glass of rich, smokey Malbec is reminiscent of summer BBQ’s with my family, and a fruit bowl Okanagan pinot gris brings me poolside with my best gals.
When asked by customers, clients and friends, “what wine should I buy”, I always ask, “With whom, what and where will you be consuming it?” While there is something to
be said for quality and its correlation to price, you don’t have to dip into your inheritance to have a memorable experience with wine. “What’s important is that you choose a good quality wine, a wine that is Authentic in origin and that you enjoy this moment in time and the splendor that the wine brings. Stay open minded and try to hold on to something from every glass.
“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.”
Paulo Coelho, Brida