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Stop being so absolute
This is a fluid world, no pun intend though that was in fact a pretty good pun. Not only do wines change from year to year, or region to region, i.e. not all Napa Cabernets are the same so don't get stuck on loving Napa Cabernets, but your palate also is going to change.
 
Here's the deal,  your palate will go through a rough evolution, or not. But if it's anything like my palate and those of many of my friends you're first attracted to rather simple, easy to understand and easy to drink wines. Then you go through a power phase where bigger is in fact better. That in turn leads to a palate fatigue phase where you search for wines that offer more complexity and depth yet retain the drinkability of the first wines you enjoyed, and in the end you find yourself liking a broad range of wines, understanding that each has its moment, but you certainly become comfortable with the idea that price and quality are not so closely related and drinkability ultimately beats out intensity when it come to simply enjoying wine.

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  • Snooth User: cma238
    1295124 194

    Great article. After going through all the "phases" as described, do you still find yourself falling in obsessed-love with grapes or regions (the equivalent of 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. spouses) in particular? Or is love different the second time around?

    Sep 18, 2013 at 1:42 PM


  • Snooth User: Martze
    1309158 2

    Yes, the wine, but don't ever underestimate the time, place/setting, friends, season (clear, crisp autumn day...leaves turning color)...color/hue of the wine, the glass with a proper length stem-just for you-, the sloshing wrist action, the couch outside with the crackling fire as the sun sets in peachy tones.... That wine, that night with the bride of your youth....you WILL remember!

    Sep 18, 2013 at 3:24 PM


  • Snooth User: cma238
    1295124 194

    So well put!

    Sep 18, 2013 at 4:52 PM


  • Snooth User: sahlsmith
    1348156 40

    I enjoy making a game out of most anything. It comes from the game my Samoyeds taught me, you know, throw the ball, run to the ball, sit and wait for me to come pickup the ball and throw it back to where we started. The purpose of this game is two-fold: let the dogs think they're in control and work-up a powerful thirst for wine. A wine game I enjoy with two-legged friends is to buy three wines of the same grape variety and pour them into three identical decanters labeled A, B and C. One wine is usually fairly pricey, one is around $20USD and the third is a box or Terra-pak wine. Inevitably the box or Terra-pak wine is the favorite. It's a fun game and makes wine approachable by removing the aurora of snobbery.

    Sep 18, 2013 at 11:57 PM


  • Snooth User: Timothy R
    444500 3

    I would add one other step: ALWAYS decant reds. No matter how inexpensive, decant. In fact, often, I've found that less expensive reds are even more drastically improved by decanting than their more expensive, refined brothers and sisters. Like the wisdom shared above about the glass, the decanter need not be anything more than an ordinary sort, rounded out and full at the bottom with plenty of room for the wine to breathe... don't pour the entire bottle into the decanter if it exceeds the room for lots of contact with the air, and allow time, even an hour or so is not too much. But just the act of pouring into the decanter gives the wine contact with air, and improves bouquet and pleasures of the palate tremendously.

    Sep 19, 2013 at 12:30 AM


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