In my recent blog about staying healthy, I mentioned that I drink a glass of wine with dinner each night.
My history with wine, that not many know, is that my wife and I ran a winery called Woodcliff on the Marin/Sonoma County Border from 1986-1993. We planted Syrah grapes (grafts from Randy Graham at Bonny Doon vineyard). I learned that you can make a small fortune in the wine business...as long as you start with a large fortune. It's challenging agricultural work. I served as a winemaker and chemist, tending barrels and doing chromatography to ensure malolactic fermentation proceeded appropriately. Running a winery taught me a great deal about the industry, grapes, and wine tasting. I learned that the price of wine and the quality of wine are rarely related. Drink what you like, not what the critics like. A $200 dollar bottle of wine is not 10 times more enjoyable than a $20 dollar bottle of wine.
Here's a list of the wines I drink most frequently - yeasty Chardonnays, high acid food wines, Syrah/Shiraz that makes your tongue explode with raspberries, Bordeaux with an aroma so alluring you grin from ear to ear before tasting, and dry sparkling wines.