So hey, it’s my birthday! My age is something of a private matter, but let’s just say that even though it wasn’t declared vintage, Port from the year of my birth is drinking nicely right about now. It was a great year in Champagne and Burgundy, but the Bordeaux vintage was ruined by rain during the harvest. Given that I’d take a good Pinot Noir or Chardonnay over a Bordeaux blend most days, I’m fine with that.
For some people, birthdays are about looking back over the years, taking stock and being grateful. For the less mature, such as myself, it’s about getting presents, and I’m especially pleased the gifts from my wife. Thanks to her, I am now in possession of varietal wines of Ondenc, Petit Meslier, Pinot Meunier, and Clairette. I’ll give you all the details when we open them up and I write about them, but I haven’t had such a haul since I found a half dozen new varietal wines in Vancouver in September. I also have Vinodiversity and Wine Grapes to thank, as these wines all feature in both, and I look forward to telling you all about them.