Many of us at KLWM continue to be inspired by the wine-drinking habits of Kermit and his late friend Richard Olney. One routine I now seem unable to shake is that I enjoy a bottle of red more if it is preceded by a bottle of white or rosé. I also tend to prefer a bottle of white or rosé when I know it will be followed by a red. As Kermit recently told me, “I like a white or rosé to start and then a red. If I don’t have that, I’m not satisfied.” I think of this progression like going to see a live show: how often do you go to see your favorite bands and there isn’t an opener? Never! Everyone wants a little warm-up act, an initial enlivening of the senses. When I’m doing something I enjoy—going to a concert, eating a nice meal, or drinking fine wine—I want the pleasure to be drawn out and connected, but varied. I don’t get that if I’m drinking just white or just red. Don’t take my word for it. With this six-bottle sampler, broken into pairings of a white and a red from three producers, you can put our maxim to the test! Enjoy Valentin Montanet’s pure, chiseled Chardonnay from northern Burgundy before his juicy, festive, and versatile Juliénas. Sip Terrebrune’s saline, herbal Bandol blanc before its hearty, spicy Bandol rouge. Or precede Punta Crena’s lively Rossese by the domaine’s Ligurian specialty, the zesty and floral Lumassina. If you’re like me, after this pack, you will long live by the motto: White before Red!
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