The Personalities of Wine & People Part 3

As I had previously mentioned, I am taking the Level 1 Wine Fundamentals course and the learning continues.  You have to love a teacher that advised you to ‘try differnet wines’.  And I have, and I found a new wine that I love.  And that fact it’s under $20, I love it even more.

Cahors Wine reviews

Clos la Coutale is from the Cahors region of Southwest France.  France, I have learned, is a country that labels its wine by region.  This region is known for its big rich wines, and this one doesn’t disappoint.  The big surprise with this wine is the price tag.  Under 417 at the NLC.  This wine is a Malbec, and those that know me know I love a Malbec from Argentina.  Yes, there are Malbec’s from outside Argentina as well.  I love the color of this wine, it’s dark and fruity, and I love the spicy hint of oak, which doesn’t over-power the wine.  Robert Parker gave this wine an 88 and Wine Spectator gave it a 90.  It reminds me of the under-stated wealthy guy.  This wine has a wealth of taste (like that) but doesn’t need the big flashy price tag.  It’s one of my favorite finds.  Pick up a bottle, and let me know what you think.



The $156,000 Bottle of Vinegar!

** I published this piece 3 years ago and I thought it was worth sharing again.  Enjoy!  Darlene

             The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine

I love this story!  As most of you are aware, I am a red wine drinker.  I love wine, and I love all the nuances that go along with a particular bottle of wine.  I love to know when and where the grapes were picked, how it was aged, etc.   A few years back, I even took a vacation to the Napa Valley in California, and spent a week visiting vinyards and asking lots of questions.  By far my best vacation, and I plan to go back one day.

One evening as I was enjoying a particular good glass of wine, I wondered about the ‘Most Expensive Wine’ ever sold.  I come to find out it was in 1985, when Malcome Forbes paid $156,000 for a bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafitte Bordeaux,  believed to have been in the wine cellar of Thomas Jefferson.  (The 3rd President of the United States and the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence).   The sale of this bottle of wine was the subject of a book by Benjamin Wallace called ‘The Billionaire’s Vinegar”.  You see, the wine is undrinkable.  It is basically vinegar in a bottle.  But still, it is believed to have belonged to Thomas Jefferson at one point.

The discoverer of the bottle was Hardy Rodenstock, a pop-band manager turned wine collector with a knack for finding extremely old and exquisite wines. But rumors about the bottle soon arose. Why wouldn’t Rodenstock reveal the exact location where it had been found? Was it part of a smuggled Nazi hoard? Or did his reticence conceal an even darker secret?  This is what the book is about, and I will definitely be adding it to my collection.

Enjoy the fermented grape!