50- to 65-year-olds
You are so much more sophisticated, well-traveled and knowledgeable than you were just 10 years ago, though maybe no better able to afford to improve your wine purchases. So what do you do? You remember a time when travel to Europe was affordable and special. Before the crowds turned Florence into a living, breathing tour bus, and Venice into Disneyland East. Oh, who are you kidding, Venice is still one of the most magical places on earth. That whining is just part of getting older!
Yes, you remember that beauty of a simpler time and you want to relive that time. All the great village wines of Europe are on your radar today and some of the Grand Cru wines as well. You’re more confident in your palate and who you are, so you may not need to experience every wine on earth these days. But great Burgundy, Brunello and Barolo are definitely what you’re talking about, especially with some age on them. Once the wines lose their structure and take on an edge of decay, they become irresistible. In a way, it’s sort of like dogs looking like their owners!
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