For National Drink Wine Day, I commend to you the article “There’s time travel in a vertical wine tasting” in today’s Washington Post, written by their weekly columnist on wine, Dave McIntyre (you may need a paid subscription to view it, if you’ve already used up your monthly allotment of free articles). He and about 40 other wine lovers had the privilege of sampling 16 vintages of Château Montrose that dated back to 1970.
We had a similar, if not so extensive an experience, when we got to do a vertical wine tasting of Romano Vineyard and Winery’s Chambourcin vintages (not for National Drink Wine Day; see Chambourcin tasting). Romano’s hasn’t been around nearly as long as Château Montrose, but that enabled us to have a sample of every Chambourcin wine they’ve made, which goes back seven years, plus a new port they’re working on.
The wines were postcards from time
McIntyre writes “The wines were postcards from time,” and I think that is a perfectly wonderful way of putting it. I won’t re-cap the article here, as you can read it for yourself — perhaps with a nice glass of your favorite fermented grape juice.
I will note that the Post says that Dave McIntyre blogs at dmwineline.com, or Dave McIntyre’s WineLine as it’s called when you get to the site. The thing is, though, that site hasn’t been updated since June 29, 2015. There, on the About page, it also says he’s a co-founder of Drink Local Wine, but when you go to that page, it hasn’t been updated since sometime in 2014. Clicking around on various pages, I eventually was taken to an even older version of his WineLine site at http://dmwineline.typepad.com/wineline/. So, I can’t tell for sure what, if anything, is going on with his current blogging activities. It does appear, though, that he is currently active on Twitter, and you can reach or follow him there as @. ♦