Written by John Kerr of Metro Wines
Because of my profession, I taste over 400 wines a month. Those who see me at the back of the shop with eight to ten bottles lined up before me often tell me that I have the best job in the world. The truth is that this is the best and worst part of the business.
To pull this off, I have a large lunch, pound down glasses of water before tastings and after each wine, and then pause for two hours between each round.
Thirty bottles a day is my limit, no exceptions. You’ve got to draw the line somewhere. Once I pass that point, my taste buds give up. But that’s okay, since the rest of my day is pretty shot anyway.
But from this ordeal comes a broad knowledge of the new vintage in the wine regions around the world. I’ll know how my favorite winemakers fared this year. And I’ll discover who is skilled or lucky enough to have produced a solid wine despite adverse conditions. These gems among the rubble tend to be the ones I most admire but are often difficult to promote. People who focus only on the vintage miss these beauties. But those willing to listen often get a bargain.
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