Biography: For years, I would enjoy the occasional bottle of a white Burgundy, but would avoid red wines as they tended to give me a headache. Fortunately, as I have gotten older, I can now drink red wines, and this has opened a whole new world of wine drinking pleasure for me. I tend to favor the softer, more feminine Pinots and have discovered that Burgundy makes the best pinots in the world IMHO. For the past three years, I have been reading up on Burgundy and have come to realize that this could be a full-time study. There is a lot to learn – the best vineyards and the best winemakers, the best vintages to start with. Then you start looking for overlooked vineyards that should be grand cru’s, and winemakers that are underappreciated, to get the biggest bang for your buck. I must admit – I have been bitten by the “Burgundy Bug” and have been seriously collecting for the past three years.
Started collecting wine: 2012
Best wine collecting lesson: The producer is the most important factor in selecting a wine, over vintage or vineyard. And if you find a winemaker whose style you like, often his secondary wines can give almost as much pleasure as his “tete de cuvee.”
The best bottle of wine I’ve had was: 2001 Hudelot-Noellat Romanee St. Vivant – What an amazing nose, with a silky, rich, delicious palate!