I’d like to hear from fellow wine lovers.
What is your favorite wine….your every day wine or your special occasion wine. You can even let me know what your favorite meal is to have with the wine.
Click on the comment bubble up to the right and share your choices.
I’ll be listing all of the wines and meals on this post for everyone to see!
Our Wine Lovers
Kitty: Veuve Cliquot La Grande Dame Brut champagne and Robert Foley, The Griffin.
Mark: Most memorable: 1970 Chateau D’Yquem.
Susan: Special occasion: Jaboulet-Vercherre, Gevrey-Chambertin and Louis Latour, Puligny-Montrachet. Favorite everyday: Robert Foley, The Griffin.
Marcia: Loves dry reds, especially fond of Red Zins!
Okay, I have to say up front that there aren’t many wines I don’t like. Also, it’s not as if the ones below are my favorite in the sense that I order them or buy them: these are the ones that after all these years of drinking, they come to mind when someone poses the concept of Best Wines Ever (not that that’s what you asked, but that’s how my imagination played it).
Veuve Cliquot La Grande Dame Brut– champagne. My mother loves all Veuve Cliquot and it reminds her of my father, so it’s all colored for me by that sweetness. Mark and I had maybe the best champagne of our lives in the Charleston Grill in Charleston, SC. Our daughter and her then fiance treated us to it at cost (he was a waiter, she a cocktail waitress) out of their tip money– a magnum shared among 6 of us. Something about that evening, our being together, the friends we had traveled with, the loving gesture from our darlings– it wasn’t just incredible, it was memorably incredible. We said at the time that it was so good we could barely believe how good it was. Each sip was a miracle.
A Burgundy I can’t recall– given to us by my cousin and her husband. We tasted it and practically pulled down the windowshades, terrified someone would stop by and have to be offered a glass. We sucked the drops out when it was gone.
Robert Foley, The Griffin– again, this is as much about the wine as about the neighbors who shared it with us. Sitting on a porch or at their table, cheeks aglow, finding ourselves having dropped into new friendships (friends who shared our love of wine!), married with the dark, smokey complexity of a wine you’d like to crawl into the bottle– that’s when you know you love a wine.
Most memorable for me may be a 1970 Chateau D’Yquem that was left over from a large party I helped to serve at the Williamsburg Inn around 1981. I brought home about two-thirds of a bottle to share with my wife and some in-laws who were visiting at the time. The wine was unbelievable and enjoyed by all.
Dinners out at fine restaurants often produce some great memories in which the wine plays a major role. It is hard to be objective about a great red burgundy at Talliavant in Paris or a lesser vintage Chateau Margaux at the Four Seasons in Philadelphia. The food, the wine, the service, the setting, and the company of my wife made for two perfect dinners.
Of course it does not take a lot of expense to have fun with wine. When my older daughter got married in 2011, I had a lot of fun serving about ten different reds, whites, and bubblies ranging from $7 to $18 to the guests. A wedding and a wine tasting, what a great combination.
I’m going to chime in on the subject! While there are many….and I mean many wines I adore this is a quick list:
My special occasion wines: Jaboulet-Vercherre, Gevery-Chambertin and Louis Latour, Puligny-Montrachet.
Favorite everyday: Robert Foley, The Griffin
No particular “brand” for me but I love a dry red – especially fond of red zins! Guess I am not much of a “wine expert” – just know I love dry ones!!