Saturday, July 18, 2009

Different old wines

I have a love/hate relationship with the LCBO. As we all do, with many things.

LCBO just doesn't offer enough older wines. I understand that the market dictates all, and the market demands young, easy-drinking, fruity alcoholic kool-aid. Such is the North American palate. What do you do.

Of course, the obligatory mature, overpriced Bordeaux is offered. No older Burgundy, no older Champagne, no older Brunello or Barolo. Such a shame. Is there a wine retailer with a mind other than on making money? What happened to offering consumers the best wine experiences? Damn. Everytime I walk into LCBO I feel like I should be keeping a hand on my wallet.

What they do offer is older Rheingau rieslings. Which is great - there have been opportunities to buy rieslings from the 1980's, especially in the last few months. What would be fantastic - for me - would be if older Mosel-Saar-Ruwer rieslings were released as well. Lots of younger stuff available, but in terms of mature examples.............

Until that happens, I guess I'll have to do all the cellaring. Right. Now, all I need is a proper cellar, 10 years, and few bills lying around. Simple, so simple.

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