Catie, the self-described “Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman,” really knows her wine, and I’m a regularÂ reader of her blog, Through The Walla Walla Grapevine. A few weeks ago, one of her posts caught my attention, and IÂ finally have time to write about it.Â
Back on Aug. 1, Catie’s blog post focused onÂ the favorite Washington state wines of Gary Vaynerchuk in Episode 177Â of Wine Library TV. Catie noted that Gary’s trademark, “Changing the Wine World,” has been featured in TIME Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and on Conin O’Brien’s NBC Late Night Show.
Today on Episode 307, Gary focused on our state’s wine again, including one of my favorites, 2004 Pepper Bridge Merlot. But what really caught my attention was this statement by Gary, which underlines how he is indeedÂ changingÂ the world of wine: “Get everyone to know wine is about personal taste and not what a critic says …”
I couldn’t agree more. I prefer red blends or big Cabs. That doesn’t mean that thereÂ aren’t goodÂ whites or roses. SomeÂ people prefers whites and even dessert wines, which I cannot fathom. But the bottom line is there is no right or wrongÂ when it comes toÂ taste.
Some peopleÂ have a good nose and a refined palate and therefore can distinguish the multi-layered combination ofÂ aromas or flavors ofÂ a wine. (Sometimes I can. Other times I can’t.) Others are baffled by tasting notes and wonder how wine can taste flinty or earthy. Other people can’t distinguish bouquets or aromas, but they know what they like. As Gary so wisely said: Wine is about personal taste and not what a critic says.
So what are your favorites?