As regular readers know, I write a free, twice monthly wine column that’s distributed to newspapers across the country.
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In my latest column, I explain why I love asking winemakers about the wines they’re drinking – and highlight a new website that focuses exclusively on these insider tips.
Imagine if BMW’s design chief admitted that Ford produces some of his favorite cars. Or if the CEO of Coca-Cola confessed that every now and then, he craves a Pepsi.
Pure fantasy, of course. But with wine, such admissions happen daily. And now, a website has launched — WinemakersRecommend.com — to share these insider picks with the world.
I’ve been a sucker for tips like these since I first fell in love with wine.
It was the fall of 2007, and I was out in Napa Valley with a few friends. We had visits lined up at a number of the area’s top wineries – Heitz Cellars, Opus One, Robert Keenan Winery, and Failla, to name just a few – and at each spot, I asked the tasting room staff what they enjoyed drinking. I looked for many of those wines when I returned home.
As I dove deeper into the world of wine, I continued to ask those in the industry for suggestions. Sommeliers, retailers, and importers were eager to share tips, of course. But I was surprised that winemakers were equally excited to offer recommendations. After all, the bottles they pointed to were often in direct competition with their own.
Check out the rest of the piece on Palate Press: The Online Wine Magazine.