Last week I attended a vintage tasting at our Dundee tasting room to celebrate Tertulia’s tenth anniversary. On my drive back to my hotel my immediate focus was not on how amazing the wines had matured, but on the road. The problem was I could barely see a thing with the approaching cars head lights shining down on me. I pulled over to give my eyes a few minutes to adjust. A few weeks earlier I was pouring wine for an optometrist and mentioned my difficulties with night driving. He said, “yeah you are about that age where your eye sight gets worse”. I promised to go in for a checkup. Yesterday, I did just that and in a few short hours I will pick up my first pair of eye glasses. Good grief they are expensive. I imagine I could have bought a fair amount of wine with all that money, still I am grateful that I will be able to see. This has made me reflect on growing old.
I remember ten years ago I wasn’t concerned with getting glasses or throwing out my back. I was excited about making wine and seeing how they would age. I am coming to the realization that I have a few more vintages under my belt but I am also delighted with how well our wines have matured in that time. In the past I have mentioned we tend to make wines with more old world tannins and acids. The intent has been to make age worthy wines and by golly it has worked. I couldn’t be happier with the way they turned out. A few of them are in their prime but others have years left in the bottle before they fade. The thing I want to impress on everyone is that you should hold onto some of these wines. I won’t berate you for drinking them early but think about buying a few extra bottles next time. Lay them down for a few years and you will be pleased with the results. Next time your in the tasting room don’t forget to say how nice I look in my new glasses.