This past Wednesday I published an article on five, admittedly obscure, wines worth tasting this fall. As is generally the case when one suggest obscure pursuits, I received a few emails asking for more information about the wines. One common thread ran through them: when do I drink these wines? I thought I had made that kind of obvious: in the fall, but there is no doubt that people are afraid of making a mistake when serving wine. Serving the wrong wine with the wrong dish, or a cocktail wine with dinner seem to have risen to fairly significant social sins.
I’m here to tell you it ain’t true. The best time to serve a wine is when you want to drink it. End of story. But if you’ll allow me a minute I will suggest that you can enhance your experience with any particular wine by serving it with the right food. It’s not required of course, but in an effort to help motivate you to try something new this fall, may I present a few pairing recommendations for 5 Wines to Focus on this Fall.
— Gregory Dal Piaz, Snooth