No, this isn’t a recently unearthed treatise by Michel Foucault. It’s more of a quandary I perennially come back to when I think about aging wine.
When faced with accounts of people on the forum, sharing their experiences of buying wine to age for, say, 15- 20 years – I am in total awe. I cannot conceive of the idea in practice, though it sounds so good on paper. My main issue is – how do you know what your preferences will be in the future? how do you know whether future health issue might not make it impossible to drink all this lovely wine you’re storing*? How can you be confident about what your life will look like in 15, 20 years’ time?
I am quite a different person in preferences and habits to who I was 15 years ago, so it’s fair to say I may well change again in another 15 years’ time. Is it just that I got into wine too late (early 40’s), and now fear aging it? Or should I just stick to ‘drink, eat and be merry for tomorrow we die’ approach and not worry about it?
Would love to hear your thoughts, and how you approach the idea (rather than the practicality) of aging your wine!
- I admit to a bit of a Shtetl mentality here – every day I imagine I got some terminal disease or other, though haven’t been to the GP for years.