This blog aims to make wine a little more approachable. Amateur winemaker, Ryan O'Donnell talks about winemaking techniques, tasting experiments, events, gadgets and more. This is Ryan's exploration of all things wine.
I never would have guessed but I've tasted some notable wines that many people would kill to. Wine Spectator just came out with theri top 50 Napa Cabs and I've tasted my way through their list leaving only a handful behind.
Bryant, Colgin, Harlan, Caymus, Stag's Leap, Silver Oak, Dalla Valle... So many great memories!
I'm always asked the same question: Can you really taste the difference between a $50 and $100+ wine? Or my favorite question: What does a perfect 100pt wine taste like?
Answers to both are completely subjective. I'm working on some articles that will elaborate these ideas more in depth but to generalize, my answer is "Yes" and "Amazing".
Tasting wines of this magnitude is important for the savvy shopper. It gives you a gauge to go by and compare both quality and value. No one buys and drinks $100+ wines for the everyday - if you do, you're at the wrong site. But if you're smart, you'll remember these wines in the back of your head and the next time you go wine tasting, you can compare quality and value.
You'd be surprised what you can find and how fast your palate evolves!
Have you ever made wine from grapes of kits?