Wine and Emotions

Ever wonder which wine to drink after an argument with your spouse? For me, the answer is easy, whichever bottle is the closest!! Just kidding…

Seriously though, wine and emotions go hand and hand. That's why certain wines can transform you back to a place that holds your greatest memories. Perhaps it's a special occasion with a loved one. A freezing cold night when the lights went out. Or a warm balmy evening in the middle of summer.


For me that wine was a 1937 Savennières savored in Rochefort-sur-Loire while visiting our dear friends the Baumard family. Florent Baumard was a childhood friend (son of famed winemaker, Francois Baumard of Domaine
des Baumard
) and we had the honor of joining his family for a rare vertical tasting of 2 dozen Savennières dating back to the early 1930s.


I'll never forget the flavors of the luscious honeysuckle and nectar-like qualities of this very old Chenin Blanc. Brisk and tightly woven while at the same time inviting and exotic-like a special perfume that is saved for the most important and memorable occasions. Why… just think of the history at the time and how much the world has changed since those earlier days. It's remarkable, really.


Any wines transform you in this way? I'd love to hear.

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JohnLopresti Author Profile Page said:
March 22, 2008 12:43 PM

For me it was the mom and pop grocer in Madrid with a shelf near the vaulted ceiling so far from reach of the feather duster that the export banned Jerez dry sherry was nearly invisible in the poorly lighted north facing groundfloor room, and for only a few US dollars that would make a nice Thanksgiving gift for my landlady in my student years. Immediately upon arrival at her family feast I presented the modest gift, but learned quickly she did not drink, and certainly would decline to accept a potluck sort of gift that cost many times my monthly rents to her. At repast's end, she sent me home with my gift returned to me, for my enjoyment.

Later I was to learn the traditional aging practices for the best sherries in the nearby Guadalquivir district typically involved fractional blending of five vintages of fruit with a quality somewhat like the lyric wispiness of chenin's understated boquet. Historians indicate now that the private reserve often contains a smidgeon of fractions as old as 100 years. It used to be the government prohibited export of the best solera sherries. I have heard parallel lore about madeiras, and, it seems the islands have an attractive anchorage for ocean travelers, maybe an interesting shore call on one of your next adventures.
Nondescript history of the Domecq which is several centuries old: in Spanish.

The mathematics and vagaries of how century past harvest product ends up in an undated sherry private reserve bottled this year: in English.

Tish Author Profile Page said:
March 24, 2008 3:08 PM

Isn't it funny how everyone in the wine biz is always trying to take the "mystique" out of wine, and yet every single person I know who catches the wine "bug" has had some sort of transcendantly romantic wine experience?

I was about to post that my most memorable sip of wine was Screaming Eagle (1993), because its texture was positively like vichyssoise soup! But then, reading the first post, I suddenly remembered the very rare old Osborne solera PX I had in Spain. Caramel, nuts an complexity beyond belief, and a finish that lasted almost overnight.

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