GDP on Wine

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz

Where did you start?

Original post by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jun 15, 2010.

So we're all here and we see that many of us got bitten by the sweet white wine bug, only to move on?


My wine life begn  ightIalandne, ent through almost everything else, ends with medium to light Italian red wines, only to start the circuit again, yes my tastes change, evolve and vary!


So where did you start, where are you, where do you want to go!


take it away....

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Reply by dmcker, Sep 16, 2010.

Suggest you take a year just in Europe, Fox. Great to feel the seasonal changes while you do that. Then I suppose a year for SA to Argentina/Chile to NZ then Oz. By the time you get back you may want to dedicate whole seasons each to Sonoma, Mendocino, Willamette and Walla Walla. Napa's a close day trip for you, anyway. So then after those it's the Central Coast. Lots of work to do, so better get crackin'! When do the kids leave the nest?

After the first two I'm sure your friends will notice interesting accents in your speech. And perhaps a change in your wine reccs, too...

Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 17, 2010.

dmcker, I thought about it this morning and a year isn't enough, by a long shot.  I had this idea of missing winter entirely--influenced by the surfer porn of Bruce Brown ("Endless Summer").  Wine would be my middle aged equivalent of waves, I guess.  (On that score, I have done Hawaii, Tahiti, the California coast from top to bottom, and a few other random bits, but Jeffreys Bay in SA still calls out, so maybe there's a parlay there with SA wines.  Or is that Paarl-ay?) But France is a good quarter of a year even if you rush.  Even if I skipped Germany (and you would castigate me for doing so, as would other Riesling lovers), that leaves not much time for Italy, Spain and the random Central European bits that sound pretty interesting.  Not giving up on the idea, but the timing of it needs rethinking.  I omitted the local areas as part of the "trip," but I could take months just to get from Santa Barbara County back home if you gave all the Santa appellations their due.

Reply by hhotdog, Sep 27, 2010.

"all we are give wine a chance". is that what john lennon said?  started with pinot gris and now my ultimates are amarone and barolos...yeah like i can drink them everyday!!  play lotto!

give me a good everydayer and a bigger weekender and lfe is good!

Reply by jnieminen, Sep 27, 2010.

This is a great post Greg!

I didn't drink too much wine the first few years since I became of age.  The few times I did I didn't really like the wine.  Although I did like the white wines I had much better.  The only way I ever had them though was by drinking what was in my parents' fridge.  

I think after a while my palate developed, I started to like the few shiraz and port wines I had.  Then just recently I went to a Spanish restaurant in downtown and had this really sweet Rioja Tempranillo.  Part of me felt this was how wine should taste.  I've tried a few more and have become a big fan of those wines ever since.

I guess for the future I'd like to get a idea for the differences in taste between wines in different regions in Spain.  I prefer to focus on one region/country (although I'm definitely not against trying wines from different countries!  especially once I have a glass or two in me) and in this case I guess it's Spain.  I feel it should be getting as much attention as French or Italian wines but, sticking to tradition for too long I guess hurts you....

Reply by schellbe, Sep 29, 2010.

I started with Bordeaux and Burgundy, with a little Rhein, Mosel and Chianti mixed in when I started drinking wine at about age 22.  I had had a little of same growing up.

Later, I branched out into CA wines, some Barolo and Tuscans, but still continued to prefer the French, over all these years.

In recent years, I've added OR, CA and NZ Pinot Noir (and NZ Sauv Blanc) to my collection, as well as wines from Alsace and the Loire. I've tried a few wines from Chile, Argentina and Australia, but they have not excited me.

I've also acquired a taste for dry Riesling and Gewurz. in recent years and have added wines from Austria, Oregon, New York, and Australia (as well as Alsace).

A lot of wine styles I just don't care for, and I have in the past, and continue to shy away from them.

One constant is that I continue to prefer red wines with plenty of bottle age, i.e. ten years for Cabernet and bigger Italian reds and at least five for Pinot Noir. Even the CA Cabernet, I prefer with several years of age, to break down those god-awful tannins.

Reply by VaderSS, Sep 30, 2010.

I started with a taste of Chablis when I was 11.  When I was 18, I started drinking M&R Asti Spumante on special occasions, but otherwise it was cocktails and wine coolers for me for a long time.


In my mid 20s, I started drinking German whites, but pretty rarely.  I also started drinking beer and stopped drinking wine coolers about that time, but was still into cocktails.


2 years ago, I moved to Fairfield, CA, from Texas.  About a year ago, I met my long-lost cousin who is a big fan of wine who has a pretty good network of wineries.  Since I started going with him and on my own, I've tasted 100s of different wines in Northern Calfornia and have developed a varied taste for wines.  I have found wines I like of almost every variety of red and white.  I've found that I can't go by other's tasting notes and simply have to taste for myself, as some wines don't sound good to me, but strike a balance I like, and others that sound good leave me cold. 

Reply by zufrieden, Sep 30, 2010.

Simply put: I wanted to know what all the fuss was about.  I grew up in a small industrial city about 5 degrees of latitude above the highest generally accepted as the northern limit of viniculture, but that hardly dampened my experimental nature when it came to stimulants. 

Beating the odds, I left my northern home, was educated in Canada and Europe and my lips met the red and white nectar of the best European wines.  That did it; addiction was on and the rest is history.


Reply by dynowine, Oct 1, 2010.

My story is not so romantic.  So I'll tell it in reverse order.

6.  When most Winestyles went out of business recently I turned to highly experienced, value wine shops and discovered quality French, Italian, German, and Spanish wines and whoa, this is good stuff my friends.   Where have you been all my life?  Down with the legacy of Prohibition! Those Europeans really know how to live eh.   Hey, this really enhances a properly-paired meal.  Etc etc.

5.  In 2007 and 2008 took some wine classes to learn more about tasting wine and wanted to taste many kinds of wine as a result.

4.  However, I have always loved fruit and veggies, always seeking the oddball types from exotic places.

3.  By age very early-40s I sampled a bit of wine here and there, not sure why, just looking for entertainment and expanding the palate.   Hey, windsurfing takes five hours I don't have anymore, but wine takes an hour.

2.  Wine overwhelmed my senses in my mid-30s and it hurt my stomach.  Sigh.

1.   Probably drank alcohol less than twenty times before the age of 30 including beer.  Parents almost never drank.  Still really don't care for beer or liquor.

That's it.

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