How It All Began
Bucket Lists are a bit like Marmite, love ’em or hate ’em, nothing in between! Until recently I’ve been in the “hate ’em” group for full blown Bucket Lists, though I freely admit to having had wish-lists for travel, mountaineering and wine tasting. But browsing the shelves of our local Waterstones I spotted a book about a Wine Bucket List and thought “hmm, that could be useful if it combines wine tasting with wine travel”! So, I have decided to have a crack at tasting up to 101 Wines (As per Margaret Rand, 101 Wines to buy before you die) as much in-situ with the producer as possible so the exercise becomes linked with our wine travels, especially around Europe. Where impossible I will just use my Wine Searcher app to find the best value source to purchase it. Also I will not be tasting them in the strict #1 to #101 sequence either, in fact I may not even make it or try to make it to the finish line, but I will give it a bloody good go!
Here’s what Margaret Rand says in her opening remarks to her book:
“These are not the most iconic wines in the world, nor the 101 highest-scoring wines in the world, though many of them are iconic and many are high scoring. They are the wines that have given me the greatest pleasure. If there is a thread running through these choices it is one of balance, elegance, poise and precision.”
I like that: BALANCE, ELEGANCE, POISE, PRECISION and I will try hard to use it as a yardstick as I taste my way around them. I hope you will follow this portfolio of projects, by country, and be inspired to start a Wine 101 Bucket List of your own much earlier than I have.
Progress So Far (Click on any photo for article post)