This scenario has happened a thousand times. We can play it back in our minds.
Friend: I had the best wine last night. It was amazing.
Us: Really. What wine? Where was it from? Who was the producer?
Friend: Uhmm…I can’t remember but it was red and it was delicious.
The most valuable tool in exploring the world of wine is finding out what you like. The rating scores, the best sellers, the gold medal winners, at the end of the day mean nothing unless you find something that knocks your socks off. So why is that when you actually find a wine you like you don’t write it down? This is our rant for the week. When in doubt, write it out (it was true in 6th grade and it's true now).
With so many styles of wine the most challenging aspect for a sommelier is trying to match the right wine with the right person. The Brunello may go very well with the filet, but if you don’t like Brunello, does it really matter? Any hints, suggestions or areas of interest are valuable little tidbits that can help us lead you in the right direction. So the next time you find a wine you love, we can help translate that to another region, style or grape that suits your interests. And don’t worry about having to walk around with a pad and pen. We keep ours at home and ask the waiter to write down the wines we drank that evening. They are often more than happy to do so, and when it’s not too busy they may even offer to give you the wine label (that’s when you tip extra well).
Wine is an evolution. Once you find one you like the key is to keep exploring and seeing what’s around it. Part of what we love about wine is that quest to find the next great bottle. Sometimes we are disappointed and others we are blown away by, but each bottle helps us to understand what it is we are looking for. And sometimes that’s the most difficult part of the search.