Transforming the World We Drink In

Wines that have + some that are working on it


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Transforming the World We Drink In Very few of the things that make our lives better suffer through such a violent and tumultuous life as wine. Neither food, music, literature nor art (which all tend to evolve slowly), ever really abandon their roots in the way that wine does.

Wines from one decade to another can share very little in common. Few producers persevere with a style that has fallen out of fashion, and while there is a recent wholesale renaissance on that front, it has been far from the norm.

No, wine is a moving target influenced by climate, science, man and women alike, sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad. What and who transforms wine can sometimes be surprising, and once their good deeds are done they can frequently fail victim to their own success, but let’s not begrudge them that. Let’s all rejoice in the transformation of wine and realize that the pendulum of change will always swing back and forth. Our fortune is simply being in the right place at the right time.

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  • A very nice retrospective - reminding me of my almost forgotten past and progression as a connoisseur of fine value priced wines in the $5 to $12 and $12 to $25 price range.

    Jul 20, 2011 at 5:43 PM

  • Snooth User: khaskins
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    The first wine I can remember was a Peter Mondavi Charles Krug Johannisberg Riesling which we chose for our wedding reception in 1988. My wine tastes have come a long way since then and the BATFE killed Johannisberg Riesling in 2006. We need "gateway" wines so the twenty something crowd can get on board with wine drinking. I know 40'ish guys who don't "get" wine. My feeling is a rising tide raises all ships. So keep the KJ Chard and CK White Zin pouring.

    Jul 20, 2011 at 9:01 PM

  • Kendall Jackson also makes a Cabernet Blanc that's at least fair, both in price range and in quality. You don't hear much about Cabernet Blancs lately. How come? Has this unique wine gone out of style? What a pity! We shall all be the poorer for it.

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:08 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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    Amen to gateway wines! You have to start someplace, and expensive, complex, or esoteric wines are generally not going to do the trick!

    Jul 21, 2011 at 11:18 AM

  • Snooth User: jba3
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    I remember the Robert Mondavi Fume Blanc as the first "real" wine that I ever tasted toward the end of my college career (early 80s). Up until then it had been Blue Nun and Lambrusco. Who knew wine could taste fabulous? I now prefer a Sancerre style Sauvignon Blanc.

    Jul 26, 2011 at 8:29 PM

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