I don't wish to review a "Best of 2007" today - far too many great wines in 2007 and "Best" must be in context. Nor do I have 2008 resolutions to share, although you can be certain that I have made some (Hint: Germany). But I want to let you in on a secret - Joe's Wine is NOT a collection of tasting notes.
While it may look like I am emptying my wine cellar to give you some wine recommendations, that is not the case. Joe's Wine is a cleverly crafted wine "home school" for a guy with lots of wine and no time to take a course. (ok, maybe clever is a stretch...)
So I buy something I have never tasted. I drink it. Then I stash it away to see what it will taste like in a few years. Or I blind it to compare: Does price make a difference? Terroir? Vintage? What pairs well, and what doesn't? Which tasters are more reliable and in tune with my palate? Is the wine changing, or is my palate changing? And I read, lots.
Study, study, study. (If only I was so committed in College) All the while I take copious notes, and more often than not I share those with you. This is my personal wine journal, and I hope you enjoy reading.
So please do not consider my posts as wine recommedations (although I am thrilled when one of you pick up a great bottle I recommended). I recognize that the price point of many of these wines and the aging requirements limit my audience and most of you won't bother. But what I do hope is that you get out of that darn rut and try something new, drink blind, explore. One of my greatest acheivements has been getting my good friend (and Shiraz-oholic) Eden to enjoy some Monastrell, Malbec and Tannat, sending him on a new journey.
Yes, I know I wrote about why I blog in a previous post, but in the end if you all stopped reading I would still be writing because it is the only way I learn.
So what brings Joe to such an introspective moment? I am not drinking tonight, but I thought this podcast by Tim at Winecast (an hour long "state of wineblogging" Alder, Debs and Gabriella & Ryan) was food for thought.
All the best in 2008 - Cheers!