Bit of an odd one this but I have come to a sudden realisation that I am starting to move away from wine as in I don’t find wine as exciting as I once used to. When I was going through my WSET levels 2 and 3 I was always very excited about all of the various wines, styles, odd grapes and production methods. Back before I joined the Wine Society I didn’t know anything about wine up to a point now that, although I have only scratched the surface of the wine world I can now read through a restaurants wine list and work out which wine I would like simply from the name of the wine etc and know the grape type even if it doesn’t mention it on the label (like Chianti or Gevery Chambertain).
I think I have lost some excitement about wine due to the fact that I have most bases covered and I am not really discovering new wines or regions, even some of the odd/rarer wines such as some of the Swiss wines or rare sherries I have tried.
From my WSET courses I have completed so far I think I have now whittled down the wine regions/styles I enjoy which is partly the reason I decided to go ahead with the course, tempted to narrow down my exploration to sub regions within the regions I know I enjoy so that I can carry on the exploration and bring back the joy of wine. What does everyone think?
As a record (partly for me), below are my personal preferences towards wines/regions after trying quite a few wines/styles from quite a few regions, perhaps someone else can point me to another region or wine I should look at.
Southern Rhone - Cotes du Rhone rather than CNDP
Northern Rhone - Cornas, Croze Hermitage, Hermitage
Left bank Claret - Margaux, Pauillac
Portugal - Douro
Portugal - Port (all styles but mainly LBV or Tawny 20 years)
Spain - Rioja (Reserva)
South Africa - Pinotage
Uruguay - Tannat
Madiran - Tannat
Italy - Chianti Classico, Aglianico del vulture
German - Riesling
Alsace - Riesling
Austria - Gruner
Loire - Muscadet sur lie, aged Chenin blanc(Vouvray)
Jura - Savagnin
Spain - Sherry (all styles)
Side note, my 2 favourite red and whites wines I have had so far:
Red - 1990 Paul Jaboulet ‘La Chapelle’ Hermitage
White - Hugel Schoelhammer Riesling