When I was in my late teens I never liked wine, but many of my friends did. It was usually wines like Boone's Farm and TJ Swann. In college, I used
to only drink wine when I had a nice dinner date, otherwise it was beer and liquor. I did learn about wine back then because Mom belonged to this
wine club and she'd get all these different wines every other week to try. Some were good, some not so good and some were horrible. I learned what I
liked, and what I didn't. Surprisingly, I was not a fan of sweet wines, but rather dry wines. This was back in the late 80's to mid 90's when the
whole "California wine" thing took off (Napa valley, etc). I did like some of the German white wines though (German red wine is terrible, IMHO).
Over the years I've developed a pretty good taste for wines, but I never really drank wine that much. I knew the good wines from the bad, and I knew
what wines went with foods. Of course, my wife (the Chef) has a pretty good handle on wines as well. So I continued to learn. Then there was the
Australian and South African wine thing, with wines like Shiraz (Syrah) became popular. But those were all trends.
My favorites have always been French and Italian wines.
If I had to pick a favorite wine it would be a Bordeaux. A second would be a quality Italian Chianti, and even some smaller vineyard 'table reds'.
Recently, there have been some pretty nice fruit wines put out. Things like chokecherry, elderberry, cherry and strawberry-rhubarb by some vinters
here in Colorado. They're on the sweeter side, but they're very well done and not kiddie wines.
I have a fun (and heart warming) story about wines too. One time, for Christmas, my wife and I were going over to my parents for dinner and
Christmas. We'd bought some giant lobsters we had flown in and we had a prime rib in the oven, but we needed some wine. Down the road there was a
pretty high end liquor store which was going out of business, so wifey decided to go in and see if she could get some nice wine. She came home with
(2) bottles of Bordeaux. One of them was a Chateaux Margaux Bordeaux that she had picked up for $40 bucks. She said it was stuck on a shelf over by
the cheap wines. It was fabulous and my parents, my wife and I loved it. I'd never heard of Chateaux Margaux, but it sure was good.
Several months after that wonderful dinner with my parents I went to a good wine store and asked to be shown the Chateaux Margaux's they had. The
manager showed up, and led me to the VIP wine tasting room. They only had one bottle left. It was a 3 year old Margaux (the soonest you can get
one). It $850!! I about fell over.
Apparently, someone had switched prices on the bottle my wife found (and neither one of us really knew about this particular Bordeaux vineyard), and
she lucked out.
In retrospect, I kind of wish I would have saved that bottle of wine because it would be worth several thousand dollars now. BUT, to have unknowingly
enjoyed probably what was the most expensive bottle of wine I've ever had with my Mom and Dad (who have both passed away now) is a really special
moment in my life, and I have absolutely no regrets. Only fond memories.
What's your favorite wine?
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