laxdad wrote:OK, having gone in early on for 2 of the current offering and with thread traffic a bit slow, I thought this would be a good time for Newcomer Stupid Questions.
laxdad, those are some good questions. I believe that many people - especially newcomers - only read the main thread, so why not here?
Here's my take on a couple of them.
Does a woot-off ever occur here at winewoot?
Not yet, thank heaven! The fiscal impact of that on the wine.woot community would completely dwarf the minor economic hiccup the US is currently experiencing!
When someone who should know (i.e., the winemaker) says a wine will "cellar for 10 years" with no other qualifiers, are they referring to 10 years from the vintage date or 10 years from today's date?
I would have guessed that if the conversation is dated - e.g. a forum post - it would be from the time of the post, while if it was not dated - e.g. a statement on the winemaker's site - it would be from the vintage date.
Is it just me or does it seem odd that a winery would have a current offering on it's website with a "best to drink before 2008" description?
Not just you. Perhaps it would be kind to give them a clue that they need to update their site.
I do keep a running tally of the wine I've bought, and when I get around to drinking I do write down my impressions. Am I a heathen if my "written impressions" are caveman drawings compared to the eloquent descriptions I see posted elsewhere? I mean, I have a personal rating of 1 to 10 and it's pretty much "I would not drink this again" at the low end and "where can I buy a case at the lowest price" at the high end.
It's all good. (I'm happier being a wine-Neanderthal and being aware of the fact, than I would being a ridiculous snob and being unaware of that.) If you want to get anal about organizing your cellar and have a place to put your notes, you might want to take a peek at cellartracker.
Do you "gift out" wines you do not care for or wines you love?
I have tried a number of Pinot Noirs, and have only found a couple that don't smell like nail polish remover to me. Some of those were well made wines that other people really enjoyed. It just makes sense to me to find those wines homes where they can be properly appreciated. Also as I learn more, and become more confident in my tastes, I try to buy fewer things that I don't like, though that often loses out to my urges for novelty and experimentation. (And again, if I know a person particularly likes something, then my opinion is largely irrelevant when it comes to giving gifts.)
Is it unusual to try say 20+ different Pinot Noirs and really, really only love one or two?
What goes into your decisions on what wine to have with dinner tonight in terms of "I've had that bottle for months and never tried it" to "I have three cases of my favorite wine and my wife is strongly intonating I should probably drink it before I die"?
I do some of both, though currently - from being on wine.woot for far, far too long - I am paying a bit more attention to drinking windows.
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