Here's a thought for the New Year: If you're going to open a lot of wines over the weekend, consider drinking the best ones first, or at least not saving the best for last.
When it comes to vintages, vintners usually love the one they're with.
"It's the best wine I've ever made," a winemaker told me yesterday, while pouring his 2008 Cabernets. A year ago, 2007 was his best, and before that, 2006.
It stands to reason that with any new vintage, say 2010, for example, a winemaker has spent a year grooming his vines for harvest. And then when the grapes are picked and crushed, particularly if it's under adverse conditions, it's no wonder most marvel at what they've accomplished.
We're starting to see more wine deals, if you can call them that. Many American wineries are wisely having year-end sales to reduce inventory. What puzzles most in the wine trade is why prices haven't dropped more dramatically for many wines and why more wineries haven't either closed or been sold.