So, you're asking yourself, older newer, you read my previous post, what gives. Well, I'll tell you. (You thought I wouldn't?). After last weeks excursion into getting back to doing wine tastings, which was my foray into the professional business of wine, this week I actual went to a wine tasting as a participant.
Going to wine tastings actually preceded my entry into the professional side of the business. I can't tell you how many wine tastings I would go to in a month. Probably way too many. But it did give me the opportunity to try many wines and to develop my skills and proficiency, and my palate.
It was really a hoot to be on the receiving side at a wine tasting again. Armed with more knowledge and appreciation for wine, it gave me a very different insight than when I was starting out, just a fledgling. I know, I can't really see myself as a fledgling either . It was also a much different feeling from the social side of the event. As a pourer, I had to talk to the tasters and I was primarily interacting with them about the wine or wine in general. As attendee now, and I'm no social butterfly, I can usually hold my own around people and don't have a problem interjecting my opinion or comments. Although I did learn at an early age the old saying "if you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all." You can imagine that my being a wine snob leads me to situations where I am completely quiet.
Now I'm not here to comment on any specific wine shops choice of wines, as that job can include many issues that outsiders don't see or have any knowledge of. Even as I swirl, sip and swallow (remember I don't spit), each wine gives me an insight as to the direction of new wines and what wine drinkers are buying. A great example was the 2013 Mettler Cabernet from Lodi California that I poured last week. Now I lived in Stockton at one time many many years ago, which is in what is considered the Central Valley in California. I considered it one of the hottest places outside of Death Valley and other than Gallo, whose primary vineyards were in Modesto (another Central Valley city) I didn't think you could grow grapes in the area. If you haven't guessed, I was wrong. However, as a great example of what sells and what people like, this wine, when I first tasted it had a very different flavor profile. At the end I could definitely taste what I would call only a raisiny quality to it. To me that was no surprise as I surmised that the heat of the area could have created that quality to the wine. Does that make the wine bad? Of course not. Just different. If I was looking for a Napa Cab, this isn't what I would choose. But if like so many other wine buyers out there that are looking for good and even different wines, it works very well. I know that as it was my biggest seller of the day.
So back to the older/newer thing. I really think it was good for me to return to my roots. Go back and explore the world of wine and even re-learn some things that I have forgotten or taken for granted over the years. In the long run, I think that this will make me a better wine connoisseur. So it's back to the older ideas to make the newer me.