In the end it's what you like to drink Mitch. A few my fellow wine snobs refer to pinot noir/burgundies as "sissy wines". Truth be told, I only have a few pinots in my cellar and they were given to me. I like pinot noir but I LOVE cabernet. So I buy and cellar cabernet and guess what, I drink cabernet. In the end it's all about what you like. To you and your family's health, enjoy.Every once in a while I force myself to try some varietals other than my typical Cabernet or Malbec. Obviously I must be missing out on all these other grapes have to offer with their glowing reviews. The most common offender is Pinot Noir. When I read the reviews touting the complexity and lushness of these wines I get tempted.
Last night's example was a 2017 Bergstrom Pinot Noir from Oregon. Beautiful, dense color! I was optimistic. Interesting floral nose was nice. Then the first few sips. Thin, delicate and with almost no finish. Any "complexity" of this wine was obviously lost on my uneducated palate.
Have I ruined my taste buds by primarily drinking big, opulent Cabernets? Obviously I will need to rethink my retirement plans to become a world renown sommelier if I think a highly regarded Pinot tastes like dilute grape juice.
It's more likely that you haven't trained your taste buds but I'm not even sure they can be trained, which reminds me of a story about Brussel sprouts. I couldn't stand the taste of them and didn't eat any for about 30 years. Then one day I visited my friend and he served them for supper. I ate every single sprout. That was when I thanked him for serving them. They were just awful, so in thanking him for serving them, I explained that I then knew that I shouldn't waste my time trying Brussel sprouts again the rest of my life. Perhaps you should consider the same about wines you've never liked.Have I ruined my taste buds by primarily drinking big, opulent Cabernets?
I, on the other hand, cannot drink enough CdP. Just love that stuff.I stopped trying Chateauneuf du Pape wines years ago. I've never liked them. I'm a lot closer to the end of my life than the beginning of my life, so I'm not going to waste any more time trying them when I could instead be drinking wine I enjoy.
Funny, Mike. You posted this as I was typing about Châteauneuf-du-Pape. My wife had a mentor while we were in training who fancied himself an expert on CdP wines. He visited the region often and built a large cellar in his home devoted to the varietal. He could recite the 12 different grape varietals in each wine as he tasted them on different parts of his tongue and palate. As hard as he tried to convert us, my wife and I would often return home with a sense of "Meh". I knew I could open any number of $10 Cabs I had (1990 at that time) that I would enjoy more. I still ask my wife jokingly if she would like to try the CdP when they appear on the wine list in restaurants.I stopped trying Chateauneuf du Pape wines years ago. I've never liked them. I'm a lot closer to the end of my life than the beginning of my life, so I'm not going to waste any more time trying them when I could instead be drinking wine I enjoy.
Vegan wines Who knew...... not me......We all know that our spouse's are always right. I have a magnet on my refridgerator which reads "Happy wife, Happy Life!"
But, my vegan wife has now thrown a major monkey wrench into my wine consumption. Apparently, there are wines that use animal products in the fining process. Very common in white wines, but also quite prevalent in many reds to use products like egg whites and even gelatin in this stage. Well, this is a problem if you are a vegan.
There is even an extensive web site resource listing which wines are vegan.
Ok, so going forward, I have to check with the web site or even call the winery to check if their wines are made with animal products before I purchase. But what to do with some of my existing collection which has many wines that are not vegan. BV and Opus1 both use egg whites in their fining process. I've collected these for years! Saved some of these even for special occasions. Fortunately, my wines from Scarecrow and Flora Springs are vegan.
I certainly never knew about animal prducts used in the production of wine.Vegan wines Who knew...... not me......