In an effort to keep abreast of the latest news, I read wine publications of all ilks, pretty much all the time. It seems as if I always have something wine-related in front of me. Believe me, there’s plenty to read about. I liken the wine business to computer software, i.e., yesterday’s information is always being superseded by something new and exciting (or at least that’s what the wineries like to tell us).
I remember reading about a grand tasting that featured Classed-Growth
Bordeaux vs. American cabernet sauvignon. Many of the wines from the top
Chateaux and famous
Comparisons are often made between the wines of
Now, let’s return to that 1985 tasting. Why was this vintage
chosen? Without doubt, it’s a year of quality in both locations, but this
season is known for wines that exhibited atypical characteristics in both
Bordeaux always blends it cabernets with merlot and cabernet franc. Consequently, I view
this as an apple vs. orange type of situation.
But the ultimate question in my mind is why put together
this type of comparative tasting at all? What will have been gained? Fluff
knowledge. Everyone seated at the table that evening knew beforehand that those
wines would be outstanding, and I’m sure they were. When you drink Chateau
Margaux or BV Georges de Latour Reserve, it’s virtually a sure thing they’ll
taste pretty good.
This gathering was just a chance for some wine honchos to get together and taste another group of great wines. Happens all the time. Fun? Yes. Pertinent and newsworthy? Hardly.
What would really ring my bell is reading about (or better
yet, participating in) a tasting emphasizing the differences and/or
similarities between the major rieslings from