“If,” Wine Style

October 12, 2016 No comments » [ssba]

When I was in high school I bought a book called “If.” It was filled with questions all beginning with the word, “if.” It was meant to inspire discussion and laughter. Page after page were filled with questions like, “If you were to describe your perfect date night, what would you it be?”; “If you were to name the worst day of your life, how would you describe it?”; “If you were stranded on a deserted island, what two items would you take with you?” My friends and I spent hours with “If”. It was only recently that I remembered the book and, while I don’t think I ever got rid of it, I’ve yet to seek it out among the forgotten boxes in my closets. It’s time I do so, as I recall that the book definitely isn’t just for teenagers seeking out a laugh. The book is still in print (along with two “sequels”), and is marketed as great for dinner parties, gatherings, meetings or simply as a tool for self-discovery for those who wish to read through it and ponder on their own. My recent remembrance of “If” gave me an idea: “If…Wine Style.”

  • If you had to pick the best wine you’ve ever had, what would you pick?
    • My answer: 1997 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino
  • If you were only allowed to drink a single type of wine for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
  • If you had to name a wine that you wish you could buy which is no longer available, what would you choose?
    • My answer: Ponte Winery’s very first vintage of Super T. I can’t recall the vintage – 2005? – but, oh, was it good.
  • If you had to pick a wine you wish you’d stocked up on when you had the chance, what wine would it be?
    • My answer: 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon from Laird Family Estate
  • If you had to describe your best wine tasting experience, what would you say?
    • My answer: A tie: Wine tasting at the aforementioned Altesino Winery in Montalcino, Italy. The views, the wine…I mean, c’mon, I was drinking wine on a Tuscan hilloverlooking ancient villas. Also, the wine tour and tasting I did at Quintessa in Napa was amazing.
  • If you had to name a wine that surprised you the most, what would you say?
    • My answer: Ponte’s 2005 Fiorella. It was the wine that made me embrace pink wines.
  • If you could go wine tasting anywhere in the world, where would you go?
    • My answer: Probably Provence, France… for the dry rosés, or course!
  • If you had to choose the best wine and cheese pairing you’ve ever had, what would it be?
    • My answer: Pinot Blanc with Humboldt Fog cheese
  • If you had to name a wine you were disappointed with, what would you say?
    • My answer: Dom Perignon champagne (of course, it was given to me in a Chardonnay glass – maybe it lost its luster by that fact alone).
  • If you had to rate your wine knowledge on a scale of 1-10, what number would you be at?
    • My answer: 3. I don’t know much, but I know I like it!

We’d love to hear your answers, as well! Tell us a few in the comments.

–Erica Martinez

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