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December 2017
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The New Year brings with it a traditional custom where we reflect back on the past year and resolve to be healthier, wealthier, or to be a better friend or spouse. 

Each year I reflect upon my wine experiences and create a few wine resolutions of my own.  They aren’t for everyone, but can serve as a roadmap for a heightened level of physiological and intellectual bliss with each and every glass which will last beyond just 2010.  Salut!

I Resolve:

…to experiment with at least one wine region or varietal per month that I am unfamiliar with.  I will taste these wines with an open mind and will not expect them to be like my everyday tried and true.

…to avoid calling all sparkling wine “Champagne”.  I will drink more sparkling wine from all over the world, and drink it on a Tuesday when there is nothing in particular to celebrate.

…to enjoy more reds from Washington State.  The merlots, cabernet sauvignons, and Bordeaux blends from Washington are truly special and about half the price of similar quality wines from the Napa Valley.

…to be a better taster—to pay attention to what I consume and think about what I am enjoying.  Appreciating wine to its fullest potential means enjoying the hedonistic as well as the cerebral aspects of the beverage.

…to feel ok about ordering a beer at a restaurant.  Many winemakers will tell you that it takes a heck of a lot of beer to make great wine.  If it is good enough for them, it is good enough for me.

 …to drink more riesling.  It is the world’s most important white grape for a reason.  Besides, some of the world’s best can be had for under $35.

…to refuse to buy wine off a restaurant list that is marked up 2.5x-3x retail.  I will notify the sommelier or restaurant manager of my decision because I deserve to enjoy what I am drinking without being unfairly gouged for the pleasure.

…to taste an aged wine alongside a youthful vintage of the same label.

…to purchase one expensive bottle of wine and share it with close friends without it being a special occasion.  “You know, the day you open a ’61 Cheval Blanc–that’s the special occasion.”

…to try 2 new styles of dessert wines.  Port is fantastic.  So are German TBA’s, Hungarian Tokajis, and Sauternes.

To all, a most fruitful and balanced New Year.

Mark the Cork Head

One Comment

  1. Posted 01/05/10 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Nice! Well done. I like the Washington State goal, as that was something I need to do as well.

    Here’s my list for this year:


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