Originally posted by Board-O:
Have other people's buying trends changed, and are they due to age or changing tastes? Mine are due to both.
Mine have indeed changed, but mine have never really been static.
My current cellar is French, Italian and Spanish with less than 100 bottles of other.
While I do not currently see that changing, what wines I'm buying now are different that the past 30 years.
The ever expanding world of fine wine continues and I find that very exciting. The renaissance of Italian wine that started in the '90's and continues today, and the renaissance in Spain with many emerging regions keeps me searching, along with California finding their new balance of better wines from different areas along with more varietals than in the past.
I have been saying for several years now that I find white wines to be the most interesting wines in the world today, and now have a number of friends saying the same thing which makes me smile.
The white wines today coming out of regions like Friuli-Venazia Giulia, Umbria, Spain, Chignin-Bergeron, Switzerland ( Chasselas) and as California finds their way with both white Rhone/Spanish ( Grenache Blanc, etc) and white Italian varietals ( Tocai Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, etc) are so very interesting and demanding of attention in my opinion.
I'm also excited to find more wines from places like Croatia, Hungary ( non Tokaj) and Uruguay finding their way to our marketplace. I had a Viognier blend from Uruguay recently that was far more interesting than 90% of the Chardonnay and S. Blanc produced in California today.
Great question, Board-O.