Wine Wednesday Words of Advice ~ May 2nd, 2012 – Demystifying Bordeaux

Each Wine Wednesday we share words of advice from your favourite winos, oenophiles and beyond . . .

Demystifying Bordeaux Wines

Lettie Teague on Lunch Break demystifies Bordeaux, long regarded as the most prestigious wine region in the world. Some of its wines are among the world’s most expensive but many at the affordable end (under $30) are better than ever.


Question of the week

The question: How do I pick a cellar-worthy wine for a gift?

THE ANSWER: Your instinct to seek advice is wise because the vast majority of wines made today would start falling apart long before your niece starts finger-painting “Dear Auntie” greeting cards, let alone enters university. Price is a major issue, sadly. Only fine wines with sound balance and good tannin-acid structure can blossom into their late teens. Wine styles with the best long-term track records (and you can add the qualification “expensive” for each in this list) include red Bordeaux, red burgundy, Rhône Valley reds such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, California cabernet sauvignon, German riesling, vintage-dated champagne, Barolo, Brunello di Montalcino; vintage port and Madeira. That’s by no means a complete list, but it’s a good guideline.


Happy Wine Wednesday everyone!