Tuesday, September 17, 2013
What's your favorite wine?
I have been asked this question approximately 65,000 times and counting. Sometimes the person just wants to make conversation. But very often, the person asking it really hopes to learn something about wine from an expert they just happened to sit next to on an airplane or stand behind in a checkout line.
And I still have no good answer.
There's the smartass: "Whatever is in front of me." That doesn't tell the wine novice anything.
The serious: "I like a lot of different wines. I drink something different every night." It's accurate. It's also boring and unhelpful.
The idealist: "I like wines that are products of terroir/passion/individuality." Also true. Also a bit boring, and helpful only if we have 5 minutes to talk rather than 30 seconds.
The off-the-cuff: "I'm drinking a lot of Oregon Chardonnay/German Riesling/Santa Barbara Syrah/whatever lately." Sometimes I think this is the best answer because it says something. And if I am actually drinking a lot of one type of wine lately, it's accurate. Problem is, it's rarely true.
The last-night: "Last night I had a delicious Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc/Languedoc Grenache/Washington Cabernet Sauvignon." This is answering the question I wish they'd asked, rather than what they actually asked. But I do use this one a lot.
So, readers and friends, most of you are wine lovers too. You must get asked this question. How do you answer it?
Posted by W. Blake Gray at 6:00 AM