Welcome to Billy’s Online Wine School. Drink your way through my 2010 Billy’s Best Book billysbestbook.com – a bottle or two at a time, in the comfort of your own pad. Just follow the instructions and you’ll be a wine wizard by Easter. And thanks to all who got through lesson 1 and wrote in.
LESSON 2: It’s the mood/situation that makes a wine ‘good’ – NOT personal taste.
You might find this a bit shocking but this is one of the most important things you can learn about wine. Personal taste tries to keep you in your comfort zone, depriving you of the potential magic of the moment. But you can overcome the limitations of personal taste simply by being more in the mood of the moment. When the wine is right for the moment you, and your friends, will enjoy it. Regardless of personal taste.
This week I’d like you to buy two styles of wine to illustrate this point. Two contrasting whites, each with the potential to hit the spot after work – depending on your mood. One is a ‘refresher’, the other a ‘relaxer’. Refrigerate and open both wines – pour a small glass of each before supper and see which works best for you.
Repeat the exercise on the next, and the next evening. Always noting how one wine works better than the other. But, and this is the lesson, your fondness is likely change from evening to evening, depending on your need for relaxation or refreshment. The moment/mood will determine the best wine, and over ride personal taste.
Mezzacorona 08 Pinot Grigio, Trentino, Italy 302380 $12.60 page 58
Alternative: Winzer Krems 08 Gruner Veltliner, Austria 589002 $10.75 page 53