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Snooth User: Eric Guido

My wine drinking resolution for 2011 / What's yours?

Posted by Eric Guido, Jan 2, 2011.

I've been thinking about wine drinking in 2011 for at least the last few months of 2010. By nature, I'm a huge fan of Barolo and Barbaresco (basically anything Nebbiolo) but I find that my desire to drink what I like, limits me in some ways.  There's only so much money to go around, right?


I've spent a lot of time drinking through Italy.  I'd say California is the region that I know the 2nd most about and that would be followed by France (mostly the Rhone) and Australia.  I'm also a big fan of red wine and these regions excel at it.  However, this journey into wine has really handicapped me to white varietals.  I realized there's one white that has always interested me and come out on top whenever slipped into a tasting, yet something I don't know very little about; Riesling.


So, this year, I plan to learn about Austrian and German white wines.  I am determined to make this happen, even if it means slowing my collection of other Italian reds (I honestly can't believe that I just typed that). 


I was wondering if anyone else has any 2011 wine resolutions, I'd love to hear about them.

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Reply by VitaVinifera, Jan 2, 2011.

My wife started concentrating on Austrian and German wines this summer after she tried, and loved, Gruner Veltliner.

My wine resolution is to become more vintage knowledgeable.  And of course, just expand the palate more and more.

Reply by Eric Guido, Jan 2, 2011.

Vintage knowledge is huge and something I've worked hard on with Piedmont.  Are you focused on a region/country or are you working on a more general knowledge of vintages around the world.

Any tips from your wife on a good bottle of German / Austrian wine to hunt for?

Reply by dmcker, Jan 2, 2011.

Well, Eric, I find I have less and less time to spend on Snooth, but I guess one resolution this year is to have more and more time to drink good wine. Especially more Italian, on the ground this year sometime (more likely second half), so may query you and Greg DP on some Piedmont and other reccs. Also want to get to know whites in the Alto Adige up through Savoie and into the Jura better. And maybe get back on top of who's doing the most interesting new stuff with whites in southern Burgundy. So a little off from yours, but still in the white direction.

Finally, I resolve to buy more wine this year. ;-) Especially my daughters' birth years, as they're getting older and those bottles rarer....

Reply by Eric Guido, Jan 2, 2011.

Sounds like a plan.  Anything you need when it comes to Piedmont.  If I may ask, what's your daughter's birth year?


Reply by Stephen Harvey, Jan 2, 2011.


Is to continue to try and learn more about wines from countries other than Australia.

Resolution 2

Drink more Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo

Resolution 3

Drink 1990 Wines to celebrate my Sons 21st in April

Resolution 4

Share a botle of Krug with my mother for her 80th in March

Resolution 5

Find 3 fellow 59ers to source and share a 59 Bordeaux First Growth

Resolution 6

Share a bottle of Roederer Cristal with my sister for her 50th in July

Resolution 7

Share a bottle of very good Italian Wine with one of my Italian mates for his 50th in November

Resolution 8

Save enough money to do a tour of Spain and Portugal in April 2012

Resolution 9

Hopefully celebrate my oldest completing his Civil Engineering degree in June with a bottle of 86 Grange - his birth year was 87 which was ordinary in Australia but he was conceived in 86 which was an excellent vintage

Resolution 10

No more resolutions



Reply by schellbe, Jan 2, 2011.


Arrange more tastings to drink some of my older Bordeaux, Barolo, et. al. with friends.

Trade surplus bottles for more elk, antelope, and halibut.

Buy less wine than in past years.

Reduce collection from 900 to 800 bottles.



Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, Jan 3, 2011.

My resolution is simply to drink again.  The hardest part of pregnancy for me has been cutting out virtually all alcohol.  Honestly, it sucks.  I like booze...a lot.

I guess it's good practice for my about-to-be new lifestyle, though.  Hurry up, April!

Reply by spikedc, Jan 3, 2011.

Simple, taste as many wines as i can, hopefully with help from all you Snoothers out there, here's to a great 2011 !

Reply by Eric Guido, Jan 3, 2011.

spikedc  Bravo, I made that one about three years ago and the rest is history.

 Girl Drink Drunk - My wife had similar worries... I wonder, have you ever asked your obstetrician about wine consumption during pregnancy?  My wife spent half of her pregnancy feeling the same way until we one day mentioned it in front of her doctor... who informed us that she had no issue with her ingesting a glass of wine per night.

 schellbe - drinking older barolo... that's right up my alley.   Great resolution to look forward to.

Stephen Harvey - Great to hear.  I feel like I went through my birth-wine phase this year and it looks like you're going through the same thing.  Lots of fun and a great way to get others interested in wine.

Reply by wlstiles3, Jan 3, 2011.

Share more wine with more people.

Reply by dmcker, Jan 4, 2011.

Schelbe, I take it you're not as much into game birds as mammals? Or do people not freeze (or hang longterm at very low temperatures) them as much as the bigger game?

Stephen, I had a '59 La Mission Haut Brion and a '59 Latour sitting around that I let go within the last year or more. If you'd only spoken sooner. ;-)  The La Mission went to someone with your birthyear in Moscow, the Latour only traveled half across Tokyo. I earlier drank four each of the same, and the La Mission might be one of the best bottlings of wine I've ever had, tasted over a 20-year period starting in the late '80s. The Latour was only a step or two behind. Both I liked better than '61 Haut Brions and Mouton Rothschilds which were in equal numbers in the same batch I purchased back in the early-mid '80s. Unfortunately, those in 2009 were the last two I had. Oh, and do you ever drink Salon?

Eric, thanks for the sentiment and the offer. My daughters' birthyears are 1982 and 1986. Unfortunately not as easy to find anymore, and I've used up most of what I had set away by now. No need to mention prices on the '82s. ;-(  Moral of the story is to lay aside far more birthyear bottles than you think you might need....

Reply by hhotdog, Jan 4, 2011.

wow..been too long i guess!  GGD hope all is well with you and your pregnancy!!  i remember my wife going through what you are now...she would wet her mouth to get the taste of the wine i was drinking.  she could taste it from across the room somtimes just from the sense of smell she had!! this is a woman who has no sense of smell when she was not not pregnant!?  i had heard of the intense sense smell and taste during that's got to be a rough thing to go through!  never mind everthing else!  the only good spin (for me selfishly i must admit) was that i could upgrade my wine since only one of us was consuming!!! good luck GGD and God bless you and the pregnancy, hun!

  i think my only resolution is that i get together with more people who love wine like i do.  one of the reasons i'm here!  

happy new year to all! 

Reply by Lucha Vino, Jan 4, 2011.

My wine resolution is to learn more about the wine regions of Australia, California, Italy, France and Spain by following the pro cycling tour's stage races.

I tried this for the Vuelta Espana last year and it was harder to do than I thought it would be.  Mainly to get myself prepared to have wines available from the regions as the tour progressed through Spain.

This year I resolve to be more prepared ahead of time with the appropriate wines. 

First up is the Tour Down Under beginning January 16th.  Stephen, I will be counting on your help to make some good selections!

Reply by napagirl68, Jan 4, 2011.

@GDD and SH-  GDD is in the US... aka, the Nipple Nazis.  All drink is forbidden here for the preggies (unless you have a foreign dr.).  And then start the breastfeeding... forget it!  LOL! 

As for the resolutions, for me, it's all about France this year... and I plan to get there this spring, dammit!!  

My resolution is to learn more and appreciate the French wines, namely the Rhone and the Burgundy regions. I think I am gonna put aside Loire for now.  I have a wonderful, local restaurant, with an amazing wine list AND amazing sommelier... he is very French-oriented.. I look forward to an upcoming Burgundy tasting and will report back.

In the meantime, at the same restaurant, on the nite before NYE, I tasted a CdP I found reasonable, followed by Banyuls which I adored.   I did venture out of France to taste a Hungarian Tokaji- good, but liked the Banyuls better.  Just a beginning adventure for me.. but all thanks to you forum members at snooth that have led me to venture out of CA.  A big, Happy New Year, and THANK YOU!  

Reply by Eric Guido, Jan 4, 2011.

dmcker - with '86, not really able to help, but you can still find some good '82 Barolo.  I recently had an '82 Barbaresco that stole the show at a tasting.   Below are a few that caught my eye on Cellar tracker.

Chambers Street Wines

Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Monfalletto, 1982


Crush Wines

 Brovia Barolo Rocche



Rare Wine Company

Marcarini Barolo Brunate


Reply by VitaVinifera, Jan 4, 2011.

Eric, we recently had Gruner and Zweigelt from Gobelsburger and enjoyed them both.  I know they make a Reisling too and while I haven't seen it around me in NY, I would probably say it was a good low-price one to try if you see it

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jan 4, 2011.

Dmcker - 1986 can be very good in Piedmonte, Bartolo Mascarello and Giacosa made excellent wines. Early hail wiped out much of the crop but what remained was generally quite exceptional. And then of course there is Bordeaux and California had a succesful vintage as well.


My resolutions

Drink more

Share more

Buy less

Reply by dmcker, Jan 4, 2011.

Thanks, Eric and Greg, for the pointers.

As mentioned earlier, Greg, I'm with you on the first two, but unfortunately they dictate now that I buy more rather then less, against your third. Have drawn down my personal stock to periolous levels. Collector angst, I suppose. Time to begin replenishing.... ;-)

Reply by Alberto ITA, Jan 4, 2011.

Hi guys, I'm new here, this is my first post :)

My wine resolution... discover new wine, in other words never drink the same wine twice!


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jan 4, 2011.

Ciao Alberto,

Ho stato a Reggio questo Novembre passato ma non ho visitato Modena. Per la prossima viaggio!

Welcome to Snooth!

I like your resolution, it should make for a fun, exciting year!

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