I’ve never gone in for New Year’s Resolutions unless you count things like ‘try to sneeze less’ or ‘must stop adopting contrary opinions at dinner parties.’ This year, however, I’ve come up with three to guide my boozing in 2012.
1) Stop buying wine purely because it’s old. I still can’t seem to shake the idea that an old wine is a good wine. (This is a family trait: both my father and his father used to keep wine for too long.) Majestic had a Chinon 2000 on offer recently for £10. My head told me that it would be past it, very few wines will continue to improve up to twelve years especially at £10 a bottle, but my heart said buy. I should have followed my head – the wine smelt interesting but had lost its structure and spark. If it looks too good to be true, that’s probably because it is.
2) Drink more red Burgundy. After years of hunting its elusive pleasures whilst longing for the certainties of Bordeaux, in 2011 I hit a winning streak with Burgundy: I had two I loved. Not a bad success rate and neither were expensive (or perhaps I should say not expensive for good Burgundy): a plain Bourgogne Rouge 09 from Joseph Voillot for Thanksgiving and a joyous Savigny-Gravains 2006 from Camus-Bruchon & Fils* at Christmas. I want more like these.
3) Lose all wine prejudices. This year I’m to approach all wines with an open mind including ones that I normally avoid. This means you Pinotage, Australian Shiraz and any still wine from England. I will be become an equal opportunities taster, celebrating the diversity of the wine world rather than taking refuge, little Englander-like, in the comforting flavours of the old world.
That’s enough resolutions for now. I would be interested to hear what readers want to drink more or less of in 2012. Hopefully my new-found open-mindedness should make World of Booze an even more interesting place to visit. Don’t worry though, my progressive views will only extend to wine, this site isn’t about to turn into the New Statesman.
*Thanks to my father for this. He bought it from the Wine Society when it was released. It cost about £16 a bottle; will probably be a bit more now if you can find it.