Hello, friends and readers.  I apologize for my absence over the past weeks.  I caught a nasty virus and couldnt’ smell for 2 weeks, so there was no interesting wine tasting going on for me!  Then I went to Jamaica and that was all about rum.

There have been some interesting articles of late.  (As an aside, I just don’t understand the issue dates on magazines.  My April 30, 2012 issue of Wine Spectator arrived somewhere around the end of March.) Oh well.  Anyhow, Matt Kramer contributed a one page article in that issue that resonated for me pertaining to how we all tend to save bottles for “special occasions”.  Matt stresses that we should be focusing on the “who”, not the “when”, as it is the person or people with whom we share a bottle that makes it special. 

I remember opening what would have been a wonderful bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape with my daughter a few years ago only to find it had been kept too long and was undrinkable.  Last Christmas my brother decided to open a bottle of Krug Champage that had been kept too long and moved too much and it, too, was past drinking.  The worst of all was a 1983 bottle of Roederer Cristal that my friend, Chip, had kept for far too many years and it had turned rusty and lost its fizz.  Talk about disappointments!  So, the moral of the story is, drink your special wines with your special people and ENJOY THEM!!

I am heading to Washington, D.C. for a fun weekend with my daughter, Hilary.  I promise to have some interesting wine stories and photos for next week!