The first time I worked in a wine-related job I was helping to organise a big wine competition. Back then, I knew that I liked wine, and actually thought I knew something about it, but my instinct was that good wine really just came from France, possibly Italy, and occasionally Spain. How wrong I was.
Before that job started, I set myself a goal. I thought this would be a great opportunity to get to grips with the complexities of the wines of Burgundy. With all those bottles to taste and sample, wouldn’t it just be an ideal chance to understand the specifics of the different villages and appellations – the tiny nuances of character that define that region? Well, much to my surprise, the producers of top Burgundy are not the biggest supporters of international wine competitions, but the real thrill was that instead I learned about dozens of wine-producing countries that I hadn’t understood were making great wines of world class. (more…)