Time to Celebrate!

Tomorrow marks a truly historic occasion. It's a turning point in our family and a day of great celebration. We'll be entering a whole new era and I, like others in my family, am filled with intense pride, hope, and optimism for the future.  

I'll bet you think I'm referring to Barack Obama's historic inauguration. Wrong!  It's actually our daughter's 16th birthday. All in all, a perfect day to crack open some very special wines to honor such a memorable occasion. And, with inauguration day falling on the same day, a celebration is definitely in order.

A lot of people I know have more wine in their cellar than they know what to do with. They've been buying wine for years and slowly the cases have started piling up. (It's kind of like women's black shoes. No matter how many we have, we always need more!)  Frankly, most people forget to open these wines preferring to “save” them for a special occasion. Or, they fear opening them altogether, believing that they'll be disappointed, they won't be able to replace them, etc. These are all good excuses, but the problem with this notion is… well, wine is meant to be enjoyed!  Even Thomas Jefferson said, “Good wine is a necessity of life”, so why wait for that once in a lifetime occasion before uncorking something rare and unusual? Why not make today a more memorable one, by opening a treasure that has been quietly tucked away in your cellar, closet, etc.

With that in mind, we've slowly started drinking our older wines. I figure it's a good recession strategy and an environmentally responsible (with recycling and all) thing to do. We've gone through the ‘80s, flirted with the 90s, and are now dabbling with the early 2000's. We've had some winners, along with the occasional dud. But it's the anticipation and excitement that comes with opening something you've been saving that is especially gratifying to the eager wine lover. So, I say start opening those bottles and see what mysteries await. Don't worry if they're over the hill. Just crack open another. And another. After all, that's what you bought them for.

And once you've made a dent in your cellar, go out and buy some more. I call it the Wilma Stimulus Package.  Because what's good for your cellar is good for our industry!

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JohnLopresti Author Profile Page said:
January 20, 2009 8:26 PM

DCV always had a meticulous vigilance over closure integrity, and was one of the early champions of understanding the reasonable limits of the malolactic fermention in some varieties.

Nice to have gifts from the past to open a new era of opportunity and promise. I picture Circuit City shoppers flocking to the wine shops to compensate for the shifts in emphasis in the flagging old economy, and to rejuvenate the new verities, beginning from the winecellar, and stretching from one special occasion to another.

hustler Author Profile Page said:
January 21, 2009 10:49 AM

I travel 100% for work, so I'm never home, but I get a handful of club shipments and random bottles. I was out 4-months last time then came home to 6 2-bottle boxes, a case of Somer's Ranch Zin, and 6 bottles in luggage. I'm a single guy in my late-20's (eek!) and I have roughly 60-bottles in my 800' apartment. hehe I need to come up with a few special occasions or I'm going to end up with a blog-post like this one day.

Kim (aka Wilma) Author Profile Page said:
January 21, 2009 10:49 PM

I bet there are a number of readers who would love to house sit for you!

Girl Author Profile Page said:
January 25, 2009 6:03 PM

That is a great idea for stimulating the wine drinking economy! I'm going to make an effort to pay attention to my older bottles this quarter. I've been ignoring some of those "special" bottles.

I've enjoyed some of your wines lately and was curious about your winery. Is it still 100% family owned?

Kim (aka Wilma) Author Profile Page said:
January 26, 2009 9:10 PM

Yes, indeed it still is. Hmmm, that would be a good topic for a blog...who is family owned vs. who is perceived as family owned.

Cheap Wine Finder said:
January 27, 2009 6:28 PM

Agreed with your anticipation comment. Getting excited about what you are about to drink is half the fun.

QuirkyGrrrl Author Profile Page said:
February 20, 2009 12:24 PM

Hello! Thanks for the timely encouragement, we recently moved (three weeks ago) and I found, to my suprise, a number of bottles I puchased in the late 80's and early 90's! I opened the first two bottles and they were not good. But after reading your blog, I'm going to keep my fingers crossed and keep trying. They're primarily cabernet and zinfandel, and at the time they were exceptional wines. So thanks again and wish me luck!

Kim (aka Wilma) Author Profile Page said:
February 22, 2009 1:27 PM

Hi QuirkkyGrrrl,
Do keep trying those older cabs and zins. You'll come across a winner and when you do, you have a very memorable experience. I find they usually need a savory meal, and usually something earthier i.e., pasta or risotto with porcini mushrooms, a hearty stew, etc. Think cold and rainy winter nights, just like today. In fact, I'll be cracking open a 1997 Dry Creek Reserve Zin this evening to go with a Lentil and Sausage stew I'm making. Some crusty French bread and a nice salad and you're all set!

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