Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Thursday, January 25, 2007 10:34 pm

Random question No. 2

Filed under: Weird — Lex @ 10:34 pm

Let’s suppose that you greatly enjoy the occasional glass of wine. Let’s further suppose that you learn that 24 hours from now, you must stop drinking and can never drink again. Maybe it’s health; maybe you’re about to be stranded on a desert island; whatever.

Assuming a single, standard 750-ml bottle and a maximum price of, say, $1,000, what bottle of wine would you most like to buy and drink before your 24 hours are up, and why?

(No, I’m not under this particular gun. [My 24 hours already have come and gone. {rim shot}] I just had a conversation with the N&R’s wine columnist recently that led to this question.) 



  1. Marietta Old Vineand I’d spend the other $985 on a nice weekend at Grove Park Inn.

    Comment by Tony Plutonium — Thursday, January 25, 2007 11:04 pm @ 11:04 pm

  2. Or maybe the Saintsbury Garnet with that same Grove Park Inn weekend. My taste in wine might be cheap, but I don’t think it’s all that pedestrian. I just have trouble imagining a bottle of wine worth more than $25 or so.

    Comment by Tony Plutonium — Thursday, January 25, 2007 11:09 pm @ 11:09 pm

  3. I have no trouble at all. In fact, at Christmas two or three years before Victoria was born, Ann and I opened a bottle of French red whose name escapes me now that we paid $44 for and that I, who drink a lot of red, would gladly have paid $100 for. It was that good, and that much better than anything else I’d been drinking.

    More recently, the Ferrari-Cerrano 1990 Reserve Red, a blend that retailed for about $40 when it went on sale in 1995 (and was last going for upward of $80 when I went looking for it several years ago), was incredible when we drank it soon after our 10th anniversary. (OK, I drank it; Ann was pregnant with Hooper.) After 12 years on the shelf I don’t know if it still would be, but I’d recommend it with that single caveat.

    That’s not to say I dis the cheap stuff, as long as it gives good value. Good example: Twin Fin cab, from California. $12 taste in a $6 bottle. I’ll do that deal all weekend long, if someone else will watch the kids.

    Comment by Lex — Thursday, January 25, 2007 11:38 pm @ 11:38 pm

  4. Denis Mortet Clos de Vougeot 2000. Not cheap, at about $250, but your $750 will still get you a (small) room at the Grove Park. Absolutely the perfect example of getting a place (Burgundy) into a glass, this wine smells and tastes exactly like where it came from. And there won’t be any more: Mortet died early last year. But Lex, you failed to ask the (to me) equally important question: What would you eat with your last bottle of wine? Mine would be roast leg of spring lamb with creamy scalloped potatoes and Silver Queen corn. God, my mouth’s watering!

    Comment by Blair — Friday, January 26, 2007 2:50 am @ 2:50 am

  5. Assuming money really was no object – either a bottle of the best Pomerol I could find (no, not Petrus, on principle, the prices are certifiably lunatic) or a really good vintage of Yquem (I’ve only ever tried a poor vintage – at someone else’s expense, I might add – and it was so much more delicious than any other wine of any variety I’ve ever tasted . . .

    Comment by Nick — Friday, January 26, 2007 4:11 am @ 4:11 am

  6. Dammit, Blair, stop — I haven’t had breakfast yet and won’t be able to eat for several more hours!

    (For nonregulars, Blair’s a former co-worker who’s living the dream: He’s a winemaker. In France.)

    Comment by Lex — Friday, January 26, 2007 6:37 am @ 6:37 am

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