Why aged wines are awesome

Aged wines take courage. Aged wines take patience. Aged wines take discipline. All three of those things take a little work and some effort on the part of the wine collector, which may be why most wines are generally consumed young. In practical purposes, it is also expensive to keep wines in a cellar for …

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Mullings Over Wine Pretentiousness in the Digital World

Here is what I hear when I read reviews or listen to someone criticize wine shops, wine shop staff, or even sommeliers as being "pretentious". I hear this: "Everything I need to know, I already know. Anything that someone tells me that may differ from that is wrong, must be false, and is therefore completely fabricated …

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A Finished Product

When is a wine truly finished? These are the crazy things that I think about while I'm driving along highway 97. It's amazing I haven't had a serious accident lately. What I mean is this: When a car rolls off the assembly line at Toyota, it's finished and ready to be used. It's the same …

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On Subtlety

Subtlety is like a complex joke. You either get it or you don't. Some people are incredibly perceptive of minute variations and changes of colours, textures, timing, or some other quality while other people can't see the difference. If you drive a car going to work, do you think about the weight transfer to your …

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Hints of Gooseberries and Baloney

There's an old Celtic proverb that goes, "We don't see things as they are. We see them as we are." I'm about as Celtic as won-ton soup but I've always found that proverb appealing for some reason. Growing up English-speaking in a French-speaking province meant that I probably had different, minority cultural views than the rest …

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What do you mean “blended”?

Another question that has been inspired by the many wine tourist friends that I've met over the years is about blended wines. I worked at a winery that offered a beautifully constructed premium blended wine that a customer vocally poo-pooed before even tasting it. "None for me! I don't like blended wines at all. I …

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The Terroir of Tasting

I believe that where and when we taste a wine will have an effect on how we perceive the wine. The physical conditions and environment of the person along with those of the wine will influence perception. I call it the "Terroir of Tasting". How can wineries better prepare their own wine shops to have better …

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The Oral Traditions of Wine

"Orality - That which characterizes speech; a culture characterized by the primacy of speech over other forms of signification. Usually opposed to literacy, orality refers to those aspects of a culture's way of life that are attributable to its investment in the resources of spoken language. These may include formal ways of organizing thought (myth) …

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