John Szabo’s VINTAGES Preview – May 26th, 2018

Man-made wines; And the Best Sommelier in the Americas is…
By John Szabo, MS, with notes by Sara d’Amato and Michael Godel

John Szabo, MS

John Szabo, MS

Following last week’s assessment of women in the wine business by Sara, and a collection of excellent wines that happen to be made by women, this week we’ll cover the best of the rest, “man-made” wines from the May 26th release. And, do you like drama? Stories of triumph and defeat? Watching other people test themselves to the limit of their abilities from the comfort of your armchair? Tune in this afternoon to watch the finals of the ASI & APAS Contest of the Best Sommelier of the Americas live from Montreal. (Thursday May 24th 3PM – 6 PM EST). At the time of writing, Canada’s top two sommeliers, Carl Villeneuve-Lepage and Pier-Alexis Soulière, MS, are still in the hunt along with competitors from Mexico, Argentina, Peru and Brazil. At this level, it comes down to the tiny details.

Give Men a Chance
I have to say that most of my top picks from the May 26th release were already included last week. I made no conscious effort to single out these wines. In fact, I was tasting through the release without knowing the main thematic. It’s simply how the chips fell. It’s sad that women still need to be singled out in such a way, as though their efforts wouldn’t be recognized without an artificial distinction like this. I guess it shows how backwards and unbalanced the wine industry still is, or at least perceived. In any case, give the men a chance this week – they can occasionally pull off some drinkable stuff, too.

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Errazuriz Aconcagua Alto Carmenère 2015

Buyers Guide to VINTAGES May 26th:

Man Made Wines

Studert-Prüm 2016 Maxiominhof Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett, Mosel, Germany ($25.95)
John Szabo – From a leading estate in the Mosel, and easily one of the region’s grand cru sites, this 2016 Kabinett delivers lovely fresh aromatics in the classic ripe peach-nectarine-apple spectrum with more than a dash of florality and wet stone. The palate is off-dry but tightly delineated and fresh, finishing on acidulated notes, giving it a dry overall palate impression. Juicy, succulent, lovely. Best after 2019, although tasty now. …


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John Szabo, MS

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