TAKE A MOMENT BEFORE POPPING THE CORK
I may be wrong, but I’m thinking you do not need a ton of wine buying recommendations in January. Unless they’re dead cheap – and therefore irresistible! So why don’t I mix it up a bit with some service tips, an old trick, or just entertaining nonsense while still looking for a few good ‘cheapies’.
A wine will taste/feel GOOD when it’s right for the moment/mood. And will flop when it’s not. Even if it cost $50, got a 93 point rating, or someone tells you it’s their favourite. So here’s a tip. The simplest and least expensive way to get more out of wine is to work on YOURSELF. Yes, you! Never open a bottle till you have answered the question “which wine will compliment the situation. What ‘vibe’ am I in the mood for?”
Taking the time to answer this question will drastically improve your chances of an enjoyable bottle. And reduce the possibility of a ‘wrong’ bottle. But don’t sweat it – you won’t get it right every time. When the bottle you opened does not hit the spot simply recork the ‘mistake’ and open something else. (Refrigerated open bottles keep for at least 5 days. I often find that Monday’s failure is Tuesday’s hero). To help you with the mood question here are a few wine & mood partners.
Mellow – Merlot
Easy-going – Pinot Grigio
Loud/energizing – Dry Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc
Charm/seduction – Pinot Noir
Richness – Shiraz, Cabernet, Malbec
Refreshment – Sauvignon Blanc/Beaujolais
A ‘Life is Good’ moment – Sparkling
Something different – your call