I just finished reading a book about a wine tasting that turned the wine world on its ear in 1976. The book was called The Judgement of Paris,by George Taber who was a reporter for Time Magazine. In fact, he was the only reporter at the taste testing. Long story short, there was a wine tasting in Paris in 1976. It was a "competition" between California wines and French wines. No contest, right? The French wines should of trounced the California wines. If that had happened there wouldn't of been a book. No, the California wines took the competition.
I found the book to be not only interesting, but informative. The wine industry in California, like the beer industry, was decimated during the great expirament they called Prohibition. It was in shambles when Prohibition was repealed. Matter of fact, I learned that in the Prohibition Law there were provisions for "sacramental wine" and things of that nature. I learned quite a bit, actually. It was one of those books that "jumped" out at me as I was working in my section in the bookstore. Those are usually the most interesting books.
I like wine. I, like a good many Americans, discovered wine after seeing the movie Sideways. I started trying different wines here and there. I would buy a bottle and drink it and enjoy it. I discovered that I like Shiraz and Merlot. But that was it. I bought wine by the label. If I thought the label was cool I bought the wine. So, naturually, I bought a bottle of Fat Bastard Wine, though, for the life of me, I don't remember what kind it was.
I particularly like the Little Penquin brand. I am, at present, as I write this, enjoying a glass of their Pinot Noir. As I look at their website, it appears that the Pinot Noir is a new for them. Its good, full bodied, and not sweet... aka "dry?" It comes from Australia.
I also have a bottle of 3 Blind Moose Merlot. I'll open that eventually.
Sadly, though, I don't much about wine. I'd like to learn more. I'd like to learn what wine goes well with what food.
If there are any readers to this blog, feel free to suggest wines for me to try.