TAKE A MOMENT BEFORE POPPING THE CORK
I may be wrong, but Iâ€™m thinking you do not need a ton of wine buying recommendations in January. Unless theyâ€™re dead cheap â€“ and therefore irresistible! So why donâ€™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 â€˜cheapiesâ€™.
A wine will taste/feel GOOD when itâ€™s right for the moment/mood. And will flop when itâ€™s not. Even if it cost $50, got a 93 point rating, or someone tells you itâ€™s their favourite. So hereâ€™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 â€œwhich wine will compliment the situation. What â€˜vibeâ€™ am I in the mood for?â€Â
Taking the time to answer this question will drastically improve your chances of an enjoyable bottle. And reduce the possibility of a â€˜wrongâ€™ bottle. But donâ€™t sweat it â€“ you wonâ€™t get it right every time. When the bottle you opened does not hit the spot simply recork the â€˜mistakeâ€™ and open something else. (Refrigerated open bottles keep for at least 5 days. I often find that Mondayâ€™s failure is Tuesdayâ€™s hero). To help you with the mood question here are a few wine & mood partners.
Mellow â€“ Merlot
Easy-going â€“ Pinot Grigio
Loud/energizing â€“ Dry Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc
Charm/seduction â€“ Pinot Noir
Richness â€“ Shiraz, Cabernet, Malbec
Refreshment â€“ Sauvignon Blanc/Beaujolais
A ‘Life is Good’ moment â€“ Sparkling
Something different â€“ your call