About this Blog
The blog focuses on the essence of wine and food, not how many points or stars it receives. The opinions are mine and should be taken only as that, an opinion not gospel.
Like many collectors, initially I was very much influenced by wine ratings. I purchased wines based on points, even if I had never tasted the wine. And it was much worse than that. I would drink a wine with a high rating, not like it, yet since it was highly rated I’d rationalize that I did not yet appreciate the wine, or that my palate was not sophisticated enough to understand the wine. How’s that for lunacy? As a result my cellar grew in all directions while my palate narrowed. By the time I realized the style of wine that I enjoyed, my cellar abounded with wines whose styles I did not enjoy. All of these wines were very highly rated, just not my cup of tea, or glass of wine to be more accurate. Fortunately I was able to sell many of these wines to those who either enjoyed them or wanted highly rated wines. Don’t misunderstand, I am not against wines with high ratings, in fact I own many. It is just that I now purchase wines based on the producer, the style and my palate, not the rating. Nor do I shun reading reviews. I very much respect Antonio Galloni, Alan Meadows, Eric Asimov and John Gilman and read their reviews routinely. I pay attention to what they write, not the points they award.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Nino Franco Prosecco Valdobbiadene Rustico $30
Zardetto Prosecco Valdobbiadene $15.
None of these wines possess the complexity of more expensive Champagnes, but they all are very pleasant and easy to drink and will bring a smile to your face.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Here are Chris Cree’s comments on this wine, “Peter Sisseck, the rock star of Ribera del Duero, has crafted a gem of a wine that costs just a sliver of what his amazing Pingus does ($42 vs. $800). All of the fruit is from the high quality vineyards of Valladolid, a sweet spot in Ribera. Organic and biodynamically farmed vines give birth to great wine, according to Peter. PSI, named after the 23rd letter in the Greek alphabet, is thoroughly mind-bending stuff. Broad and rich on the palate, the dark berries, currants, lavender and gravel notes are linked together with silky fine tannins and a hint of oak. This is clearly the best vintage of this wine I've ever tasted, so detailed and complex. Very long finishing, this wine can stand up to more cellaring, so best to enjoy now through 2018.”