wouldn’t it be nice if…

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The old Beach Boys tune is running through my head, for no particular reason. “Wouldn’t it be nice if we were older, then we wouldn’t have to wait so long…” Well, that harks back to a far more innocent age, when high school sweethearts actually did have to wait, but that’s a topic for another blog (unfined, unfiltered, and unf••ked).

Today, let’s play a wouldn’t it be nice game for the upcoming year in wine! I’ll get you started, then please chime in.

Wouldn’t it be nice if… hard rubber corks vanished from the face of the earth.

Wouldn’t it be nice if… there were no corked wines.

Wouldn’t it be nice if… young winemakers focused on doing just a couple of wines brilliantly instead of trying to make one of everything.

Wouldn’t it be nice if… high scores stopped dictating consumer buying.

Wouldn’t it be nice if… the notion that blind tastings are “objective” was disproven once and for all.

Wouldn’t it be nice if… Oregon got acclaim for something besides Pinot Noir.

Wouldn’t it be nice if… Washington got acclaim for both quality AND value.

Wouldn’t it be nice if… wineries stopped treating the press like unpaid PR people.

Wouldn’t it be nice if… that special bottle you’ve saved forever turned out to be really special.

Wouldn’t it be nice if… the Hosemaster returned to poodle-bashing.

OK, that’s the opening round. Your turn! Wouldn't it be nice if...


The Sediment Blog said...

...the French devised a comprehensible Bordeaux rating system

Kathy said...

.....people stopped bashing wines and just let others drink what they like

Anonymous said...

...we had real truth in labeling.

Anonymous said...

… OLD winemakers focused on doing just a couple of wines brilliantly instead of trying to make one of everything.

Plymale said...

...more restaurants offered half-glass pours, more wineries offered 375-ml formats in non-dessert wines, and the ATF banned "Mother Nature", "hand crafted," etc., etc., from wine-bottle labels...

Anonymous said...

.... more wineries offered single-vineyard wines so we could really taste the terroir

Ron Washam, HMW said...

...they let me judge the Wine Blogger Awards, aka the Poodles.

...sommeliers had to wear clown noses.

...wine judges weren't allowed to spit.

...wine bloggers were forced to listen to endless audio CD's of their own blogs read by the fourth graders who ghostwrite for them.

...Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast merged into Wine Ecdysiast.

...no one ever paired wine with music, or movies, or TV, or anything but food, you morons.

Anonymous said...

....restaurants didn't mark everything up 3x (or 4)

Anonymous said...

Restaurant markups were no more than twice the retail price per bottle.

Erika Szymanski said...

...more wines from less-common wine regions showed up on American shelves.

...state monopolies on selling wine and liquor evaporated.

...I could ship wine (legally) from Washington to Pennsylvania.

...enologists finally discovered the difference between Brett-under-control and Brett-out-of-control, figured out how to enable the former when desired and eradicate the latter entirely.

gdfo said...

...there was less taxation on alc beverages.

...restaurant mark-ups were only a 10% percentage points above retail! (if retail is 30% over cost then 40% in restaurants)

...real Champagne was much less expensive.

...Wineries started shipping POS with the product again.

Anonymous said...

Consumers could get a bottle of decent Burgundy for under $25.

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