short and confused

  • Boston
  • Massachusetts
  • USA
User #151,685
Member Since 12/2/2010
Last Activity: 10/22/2018

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  • Region:Red Burgundy, German Riesling and just about everything else.
  • Dream wine:Something surprising from the Côte de Nuits

About Me

Started to enjoy wine in my early 20s at my parents home- simple reds along side pasta with red sauce. In grad school I was involved with a weekly gathering during which we listened to music. After about a year we added wine. Wine then became a real focus. We drank widely but soon developed a preference for red Burgundy. Years later I still drink fairly widely, I like good wine from anywhere but my taste tends towards the traditional. About 60% of my cellar is French. My favorite wines continue to be red Burgundies. I also have a real love for German riesling and strong interests in white Burgundy, Northern Rhone, Loire, Piedmont, Bordeaux, Alsace, Southern Rhone and Rioja as well as wines from California, Oregon and Washington (mainly reds- cabs, pinots, zins, rhone blends but there are a few chardonnays in the cellar). I am not snobby about scoring wine; I do not have an issue with numbers as I think they instantly help me remember how I was gauging a wine's quality, but scores have obvious limitations. Ultimately, it is all about enjoying the wine and each one is something unique and contextual. I drink wine regularly to enjoy with food rather than to "taste" in pursuit of some platonic form.
"When a wine's flavor is inherent, it is expressing something about its home. We needn't look for words for it. We only need to look on. Its home is layered; there's its particular place (Le Montrachet), its general place (the Côte de Beaune in Burgundy), its more general place (Central-Eastern Europe), and its final place (the earth itself), and a great wine writes a text of the entire world, radiating out from the specific to the general. This is where I live, and this is where we live. Perhaps you pause for a moment while the wine makes you more human. Because it does."
-- Terry Theise (with small adaptations of example and place- from Ian Halbert)

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