A major part of this year was the wine tastings I attended, and the trips I made to Niagara. January was the UGC Bordeaux tasting of the 2007 vintage. March was the Bordeaux Meets Burgundy tasting. April was spent in Shanghai, where I actually managed to squeeze in a few trips to some wine shops and bars - the tasting notes can be found using the Shanghai or Wine Tasting tabs. July was the Courvoisier tasting, and the unveiling of the Exclusif blend. Last month, finally, was the Macallan tasting
This year, didn't manage to go out to Niagara as much as I liked. A short trip, in May, to taste through some of the 2009 pinot noirs and chardonnays. A more proper trip in November.
These experiences, invaluable in helping me develop a deeper understanding about what's in the bottle. Lots of fun along the way too. Here's to a 2011 filled with more muddy walks through vineyards, more swirling and spitting in moldy cellars, and more learning from the people who make this sublime nectar come to life.