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Bob Thompson on Wine: Wine Rules That Make Sense

Magazine article Sunset

Bob Thompson on Wine: Wine Rules That Make Sense

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Not all of the rules about drinking wine are the pipe dreams of gouty colonels whiling away their retirements in London clubrooms. Some are outright practical.

A particularly useful one is young wine before old, light wine before full-bodied. A workmate on the magazine provided one proof not long ago when he and his wife gave a dinner for friends.

The intended wine of the evening was one of California's richer, riper Zinfandels with some time in the bottle behind it. It was so tasty that the diners finished it long before they ran out of food. The ad-lib successor was a new Merlot from Washington State. "Not the way to go," the chap reported, ruefully. "Talk about sharp!"

In that comment was the validation of the rule. Young wines show both tartness and astringency more than older ones do. Lighter-bodied wines are more apt to be lean and tart than full ones in any case. He had grabbed the wrong end of the stick on both counts. Hardly a catastrophe, but it ended a companionable dinner on a note of disappointment, and minimized the value of his $15 investment in an excellent Merlot. …

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