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.
Many year-end celebrations involving wine often bring out the best, as in the best wines. But if you're going to imbibe heavily—as in opening numerous bottles over a span of hours—consider when you'll be at your sharpest, which is usually at the start of the party. You might even consider opening many bottles at once before the festivities begin so you and your guests can size up the competition and what interests you most to drink. You'll be surprised by how different people gravitate toward different bottles, and which ones are emptied first, the ultimate measure of popularity.
The pouring of great wines at a big party can easily snowball. I've been to countless parties (and hosted my share, too) where it seemed as if we all tried to outdo each other by opening one great bottle after another. I used to let friends browse through my cellar, and often times it turned into a competition, where one guest tried to pick a wine that would outdo the previous one.
Matt Kramer suggests you save your best wines for yourself, and be discriminate about what you pour.
I'm suggesting that at big wine parties you don't save your best wines for last.
Have a happy new year.
Brian Loring — Lompoc, CA — December 29, 2010 6:17pm ET
Chris Carrad — New Zealand — December 29, 2010 7:03pm ET
James Laube — Napa, CA — December 29, 2010 7:16pm ET
Dave Reuther — Deerfield, Illinois — December 30, 2010 7:27pm ET
John Jorgenson — Seattle, — December 31, 2010 6:23am ET
Ian Tarrant — Ontario, Canada — January 3, 2011 2:46pm ET
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