Why I like the wines I like

When a wine imparts a certain freshness to the senses from start to finish - you're hooked, says NK Yong

Published Thu, Apr 17, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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I READ an article with this title sometime ago and the title caught my attention. A simple statement, intriguing, challenging. Makes you pause. And think.

Why do we like things, people, food, drink? Confining ourselves to food and drink, things we consume, clearly the simple answer to the question, Why I like the wines I like, can be answered thus: Because I enjoy drinking them! That would be my answer. There are other possible answers, of course, depending on the criteria used. My key criterion is "enjoyment". But that raises the question: Why do you enjoy them? Very intriguing. It is obvious that different people will have different answers. What do you look for when you drink wine? Translate that into: What do you (personally) actually, consciously and/or subconsciously look for when you drink a wine?

Last night, I had dinner in a Japanese Yakuniku restaurant. The menu centres on beef. Different sources, different cuts, with different degrees of fat. A very good restaurant incidentally, not exactly cheap but then Japanese beef is not cheap. I chose a La Fleur de Gay 1990 to drink with the meal. A rarely seen Pomerol, relatively unknown, but from a great year.

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