2016 Vouvray “Le Portail”Champalou
France | Loire
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Porch pounding—balcony boozing, terrace tippling, or gazebo guzzling, if you will—is not always the most . . . er, refined experience. It typically includes close friends, rarely involves fine glassware, and never requires a good excuse to engage. Such situations often devolve to crass humor, impulsive Instagram posts, and lazy culinary choices. The wines in question are not masquerading: they taste like fresh fruit, and may feature a bad pun or a drawing of a dog on the label. You get the idea.
But on certain occasions, we might want to knock back a few glasses of crushable juice and feel fancy while we do it. Is such a thing even possible? We may dress posh, speak with civilized locution, and adopt refined mannerisms, but something is still missing: one cannot glug in style without the appropriate wine.
Here are six juicy, fresh, slammable bottles with enough complexity and pedigree to make you feel like a class act while you imbibe. They are terroir-driven wines, crafted via artisanal methods by serious vignerons, that just happen to be incredibly easy to slurp down. With these Sophisticated Quaffers®, we hereby invite you to pull out the Zaltos and make patio pounding a truly dignified act.
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I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.
Inspiring Thirst, page 171
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