That was the question I posed on a Facebook page two months ago. I have been thinking about it for some time now, and doing active research.
In my life, I have to say, my tastes have ranged all across the board, like waves of appreciation. For a while I would taste all the Bordeaux reds I could get my hands on. And I developed a taste for them. But my diet, which ranges from low to no red meat, really doesn’t complement them. I also was into Rhone reds as well, and again, aside from the occasional spicy chicken on the grill or holiday repast, I found them hard to take on a regular basis. Not that I didn’t like them, it was more that I just didn’t have a lifestyle where these wines fit on a regular basis.
White wines, anything from light Garganega blends from the Veneto to Verdicchio, whites from Campania or Alto Adige. Crisp, high acid, but fruity freshness. More of a beverage than an experience. Hey, I still have those moments when I get in front of greatness and sip from the chalice; I haven’t become immune to those experiences. But the days of opening a magnum of 1911 Chateau Lafite to go with BBQ are long gone (and yes we did things like that in the 1980’s).
I guess what I am looking for from anyone else who is reading this and cares to comment, is their personal path; taste evolution let's call it, in conjunction with the aging process.
I could envision drinking Riesling for the rest of my life on a regular basis. And white Burgundy. And those lovely crisp white wines from Italy. Even the occasional Chardonnay (I love the 2009 Jordan, for example). But what about all those reds in my closet? When am I going to get around to drinking them up?