Originally Posted by itsstillmatt
Richebourg Echezeauxs are awesome.
Not sure if serious.
Wine a fluid substance with a bell curve on it (no pun on fluid). I've been out of waiting tables and being a sommelier for 20 years when I finished school. Bah to the wine game. Totally stupid. So many snoot-monkeys and name dropping. I always found that drinking what you like was more valuable than a '61 Haut you couldn't put in context. LOL at people at a table talking about peach and raspberry when all I tasted was pure alcohol and shit.
Personally, over the last few years, I have decided to stock a cellar. So I tasted and bought out of the way stuff that would be fun. Worked thru the case or 2 over time and made it exclusive at a dinner where the last 5 bottles were drunk at its peak, or what I felt like was. Its more fun than name drop and braggart wine. Those usually rest laurels on a few great vintages and fanfare. Again, wine is fluid. There are so many vintages down the street totally ignored that blow famous wine away.
I actually stopped blind tasting dinners with a famous vinter because too many guests picked the 'supposed' swill.
I think it was Freakonomics where they put a shit wine amidst a group of snoot professors and were derided for it. People hate to have their taste questioned but it misses the point. Your taste is yours and you should enjoy it as such instead of name drop swirl the glass raspberry and now I taste leather... bullshit, you taste the pricetag.
When I blind dinner partied unknown names, it sparked wonderful honest discussion about quality. Introduce a brand name and you might as well pour it down the sink. Mens Clothing SF has the same issue.Edited by idfnl - 12/4/12 at 10:45pm