I don’t have any problem with winemakers saying they hope a new vintage turns out to be as great as a grand old vintage. But I do have a hard time buying into the pitch from vintners who claim a new vintage is as good or better than one that occurred a half century ago.
Putting aside special birth year wines for your kids is a thoughtful act. I did the same thing for my two. But I don’t recommend it. You never really know if they’ll like wine, or when they might start liking wine, or whether they’ll like the wines you so kindly set aside for their birthday.
With the 50th anniversary of winemaking at Ridge Vineyards, the winery still looks and acts a lot like it did when it started. The minimalist winemaking philosophy is unchanged, and Paul Draper is still at the helm.
I opened two bottles of Bordeaux from the classic 2000 vintage recently, Cos-d'Estournel and Ducru-Beaucaillou, along with some iconic California reds from Williams Selyem, Hobbs and Araujo. Most of the wines showed very well, but the comparison led to a discussion of Bordeaux's struggle for relevance in today's global economy.
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