I am recovering from three days of birthday celebrations at my house in Tuscany. I celebrated my 50th. Yes, I am a half of a century old now. I drank a number of 1958s and I have to say that I think I am aging better than any of them, except for the 1958 Sandeman Vintage Port.
I have fallen back in love with Grenache. In the 1980s when I lived in Paris, I used to regularly go to the Southern Rhône and visit Châteauneuf producers from Beaucastel to Rayas to Telegraphe. I was always tasting and drinking Southern Rhônes with my buddies at Willi’s Wine Bar, particularly Tim Johnston and Mark Williamson.
I was thinking this morning about my winemaking adventure in Baja California, Mexico, which I blogged about on Wednesday, and I was wondering how many of you out there have tried your hand at making your own wine, or have had a similar vinous dreams? I really recommend it.
I was a winemaker for a few days. I am not sure what I helped make will be vinegar or Château Rayas, but I hung out at a winery for a few days last week crushing, fermenting and pressing grapes. And it was a hell of a lot of fun.
I was thinking about my trip to Bordeaux last week, and how many elegant and beautiful wines I tasted as well as consumed. The latter action is the most important one for me to remember. Sure, I was tasting three or four dozen wines a day in my tasting room at the hotel Les Sources de Caudelie in the Pessac-Leognan region.
I have been in Bordeaux since Saturday doing retrospective tastings of 1988 and 1998 – 20 years and 10 years after harvest, respectively. It’s been a fascinating few days. Both vintages are excellent but for completely different reasons.
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