Friday, January 12, 2007

WSJ - Tastings Column

Not sure if you have read Friday's TASTINGS column by Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher, but I generally enjoy their reviews. (Click here, but password is required)

I believe this husband and wife team tend to emulate a lot of households out there. When you go to the wine store do you buy for just your palate or do you have another constituent in the household who is influencing your purchase?

For example, I love Rieslings. My wife, is for the most part not a fan. Because of this, I find I only buy Rieslings on special occasion or to pair with a specific food. I guess this is because I'm trying to please both our palates. One solution would be to just buy more wine, wines for both our palates. (And I do sometimes) But in order to stay within the budget, I tend to try to find the middle ground.

What do you do? Do you try and please a spouse, partner, hell a roommate with your purchases? Or do you just say damn them and buy whatever you like?


The Vine Guy said...

This is truly a dilemna, although those of you that know my wife know she will pretty much pour anything down her gullet : )

However, there are times when I am in the mood for a particular wine, and I don't buy it because I know she prefers something else.

I say from now on, buy what makes you happy...if your partner doesn't like it, let them go out and spedn their own money on the bottle of their choice!

farley said...

Unfortunately, I don't have anyone whom I have to please when it comes to wine. So I just buy whatever I want. Hmmm. Maybe it's not unfortunately, after all.

Grape Nut said...

Absolutely. The worst for me is when out with several clients, trying to order a wine that will please everyone when their knowledge of wine varies drastically. Once having a client tell me he loved Black Opal and another at the table telling me his neice used to own a winery. I ended up just ordering what I like to drink. Everyone except the Opal drinker seemed pleased with the Zin we went with.

The Vine Guy said...


Are you the Farley from Wine Outlook? Asking cause I read it all the time.

Kim and Victoria said...

Yeah, it can be a problem, trying to please the spouse. At least in my case we both favor red wine, just different varietals. My bigger problem is funding my wine choices!

Farley said...

Vine Guy,

Yes, I am she. Sorry it took me so long to get back. I've been down on my reading lately. And thanks for visiting. It's always great to know fellow bloggers are reading!