December 5, 2013
Shock and Awe
If you were to place all the wines that American enophiles drink in two categories, what would these categories be?
Trophy wines, (including expensive Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Italians) and California wines of "Big Flavor" might constitute the first category. We can call this the "Shock and Awe" group. The price and/or flavors of these wines are explosive. Some may be complex and age worthy, but the buyers of these bottles are more interested in status and power. They are the vinous equivalent of a blockbuster Hollywood movie or a Cartier handbag.
The second category might be described... [More]