A group of wine buddies from Connecticut got together today for an end-of-summer fling. Our theme: BYOB Wine from the 80s. This is a group of people who love wine and have collected some great bottles along the way. This was an opportunity to share a wine from our cellars that we know the others would appreciate. 13 people brought 15 wines and what gems there were. It’s not everyday that you can taste some great wines that you may never have had the chance to experience.
These wines have aged 30 years and remarkably none were corked. What was interesting was the reaction from different people: some adored the Rhone wines, others the bordeaux or burgundies. But the fact is no one was absolutely wrong or right because the wines were all great. It was just a great opportunity to taste wines with age. My personal favorite was the red burgundy although it was 10 years from being in the 80s’ category.
I encourage all wine lovers to take a page from this book and try your own BYOB on a theme. You’ll be surprised by what people bring to share with fellow wine lovers. Everyone brought a pre-assigned food item and we had plenty of selections.
Here is the roster of wines we tasted (there were a few non- 1980 entries but they were welcome additions):
- Jean Michel Moret Chassagne-Montrachet Les Champs Grains 2007
- Philip Jamison Jones (Connecticut) Cabernet Franc 2012
- Guigal Cote Rotie 1988
- Dominique Laurent Chorey-lès-Beaune 1999
- Chapoutier Hermitage 1989
- Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 1985
- Chateau Léoville-Barton St Julien 1982
- Chateau Margaux Margaux 1982
- Chateau Duhart-Millon Pauillac 1989
- Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou St Julien 1989
- Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac 1989
- Artadi Viñas de Gain Rioja 2001
- Torre Muga Rioja 1994
- Tinto Pesquera Janus Ribera del Duero 1994
- Bertani Recioto della Valpolicella Amarone 1986
Photos from our BYOB Tasting Event