Wait! Don't throw that disappointing bottle out. There might be gold inside after all.
I recently opened two wines I'd raved about to drink. The 2011 Domaine Chandon de Brialles Louise and the 2010 Goyo Garcia Viadero Finca el Peruca.
But instead experiencing nirvana, I plotzed.
They just weren't singing. Worse, I doubted myself for my initial recommendations. I doubted the bottles. I was depressed, feeling my powers diminishing. I sadlt set them aside. On the second day they both had blossomed. I found it magical and I drank them lovingly, in awe until the last drop.
So, New Years resolution? Take a life's lesson from the bottle. First impressions are important, but take in the information, take a wait-and-see approach, hold off on the judgement. The more natural a wine, the more it needs to stretch its legs. Sometimes the wines are in a bad mood or you're in a bad mood. Don't go to bed fighting, and have a little trust. Those wines were worth the wait.
On another note: Next week on December 19th, John Wurdeman of Pheasants Tears is going to be presiding over Wine Pairings from the Republic of Georgia.
I'll be there.
Wishing you all a very happy and sweet New Year. Drink well and in health.