Sunday, November 08, 2020

How to die with an empty wine cellar

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7 comments:

Unknown said...

I, like so many other wine enthusiasts can relate so well to your excellent post, Alfonso.

For me, I found what I was buying often reflected the evolution of both our lifestyle and current trends in diet. As my wife and I have traveled extensively and also aged, our diet preferences have put more of a demand for white, Rose and sparkling wines. The good news is it has lessened the temptation to pull a cork on a too young red wine!

Thanks for sharing, Alfonso.

Michael

Alfonso Cevola said...

good point, Michael. Thanks for commenting and sharing your thoughts.

Mike Dunne said...

Mike Dunne: I also am whittling down my wine collection, more modest and not as well organized as yours, I am sure. I have been pleasantly surprised by how well some really old wines have held up. Not the same as when purchased, of course, that's not the point, but to experience that evolution as now reflected in more shadows than sunlight, more reserved mystery than up-front confidence. And, of course, some will evoke long-ago travels, and lessons drawn from place, time, grower, winemaker and the like. I see in your essay the germ for an article that would be helpful to younger persons just starting their journey in wine: How to collect and track what they want to save and savor two or three or four decades down the road. Now tell me what to do with these birth-year wines I set aside for our oldest granddaughter, now 28, who has no interest whatever in wine.

Tom Maresca said...

A thoughtful and touching post, Alfonso, as so many of yours are. I strongly second your final wishes, especially as I have a lot of good red wine to drink and probably not as many years to do it in as you (I'm pretty sure I'm older than you: ottantadue anni in mundo). Nor have I been as careful or organized in acquiring it, so looking through my "cellar" is always half treasure hunt, half rummage sale. Come to think of it, that aspect of collecting wine is also part of the fun of finally enjoying it.

Cent' anni di piu!

Tom

Alfonso Cevola said...

Thanks gents, all of you, Michael, Mike and Tom,

It appears this post resonates with the silverbacks. I do think, Mike, that there should be a strategy for young folks, if they want it. a scattershot method seems to be what most of us do/did. I just got lucky. And Tom, yes, what fun it must be to have wines sent into the future to you from a younger Tom in the past, to discover.

Joe Rackelmann said...

I love the title of the article, and can in no way compare my "cellar" with anyone, but Im the sort of person who enjoys sharing a beautiful bottle of wine with like-minded friends. Being in a similar age-range, we have coined the term "cellar reduction party" to combat the realization that I/we cannot drink all those bottles in the days we might have left, and that i would much rather share the experience with friends than drink it alone. I'm reminded of my father, who is still alive at 87, but has lost his sense of taste; to the point Tom makes, I say, enjoy int now !

-Joe

Mel said...

I've never been a long-range buyer. My cellar is always empty!! But I do love aged wines so maybe it's time to start. Thanks for the important reminder.

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