I recently attended a tasting of wines from Piedmont, Italy. Piedmont is the region where the great wines of Barolo and Barbaresco come from. Interestingly, most of the wines I was drawn to were from the “lesser” varieties, Dolcetto, Barbara, and some blends. They were simply nice glasses of wine.
Most of the wine press still seems to be fixed on finding and discussing “great” wines. The conventional wisdom on what is a great wine is always changing, but that still it their focus. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy and appreciate great wines. That said, most of the wines I drink aren’t “great wines”. Most of the time I am not looking to drink a great wine.
A great wine demands your attention. Carefully matching them with food can be important too. Frequently what I am looking for is something to drink in the evening while talking to family and friends or while eating a normal dinner. I want something that compliments what I am doing or eating, not something that takes center stage. That doesn’t mean I want something insipid. What I want is a nice glass of wine. Luckily, much of the wine made these days falls into that category. I think it is time for more attention to be paid to them. So let’s have a toast to a nice glass of wine, enjoy.