Let’s get ready to ramble - I feel a potentially discursive post coming on!
In many posts over time I’ve seen comments about how your tastes may change in future. There are others about not buying wine with a possibly longer maturity time than yourself. In general I have the impression that people tend to go for more complex and nuanced wines as they get older physically and/or in their wine life (and trying to avoid financial deductions). I’m also aware of some of the changes in my taste over time. For example I can remember having enjoyed Coca-Cola, or creme eggs, though I haven’t had, or wanted either for many years.
I’ve been reading on the internet that the sense of smell/taste tends to decline with age, though these tend to be very generalised comments, and don’t give much clue to what might happen individually.
So where is this leading? That’s the question. If I consider myself on a slowly evolving path towards better wines - more complex, subtler, less manufactured, whatever - might there come a time when diminishing faculties will eventually lead me back to bigger, bolder, simpler flavours? Will it be influenced by how much effort I put into tasting and smelling or will any change just happen to me inexorably? Might any changes be similar for others, or completely different?
I started lockdown with some 500 bottles in the house and decided that rather than buying more, I’d try to get rid of a few. If lockdown ends sometime what should I aim for most? Long or short-term term wines? Are my tastes likely to have a major change at some point, or just a very gradual one? Is it likely that I’ll ever feel about drinking some of my wines the way I now feel about drinking coke?
Well, I did warn you! Perhaps all I want is an accurate crystal ball.