A Look Back at Wine


Do you ever long for the good old days? Were things in the wine world really better in 1990 – or were they actually not as good as we remember? Arguably, the year 1990 signaled the beginning of many changes to come in the growing, making, and selling of wine – not just in California, but throughout the world. Many newcomers had came to set roots in the Napa Valley, bringing about a proliferation of new vineyards and wineries – some seeking cult status, with smaller production and higher prices. With the birth of the internet, wine consumers were able to get more information about wine – and get it much faster than with print media. Non-European wines would soon be known as “New World” wines, and the wine world was to become a much more globalized place.

So, what were things like seventeen years ago? Join us as the GrapeRadio crew get into the fray, discussing just a few of the differences between the world of wine in 1990 and what we see today.

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3 Responses to “A Look Back at Wine”

  1. 1 Blake Nov 19th, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    Guys, I really appreciated the show today-it was very compelling.

    I hear a lot frustration in your voices for the way things used to be in wine. Wine, in my opinion, is currently in the superstar stage of the product model and like all things in will recede in its popularity. Take for example, the former superstar status of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. With the rebirth of the company in the 80’s its growth was unmatched and the markets desire for bikes went unchecked for almost 25 years. At the apex of its strength and marketability the market became saturated with bike builders, bike toys, television etc. Now Harley Davidson, has cut production and independent builders are closing shop as motorcycles are again gathering dust in the garage. I’ve known many bikers, old and new school who long for the good days claiming to be “real” bikers. Now, wine, like motorcycles are again reaching a fevered pitch and people are soaking up the celebrity stock and paying anything for it. My question is: How long will this superstar product value last. In my opinion, the mass market will soon find a new baby and will wine once again fall into a normal consumption rate. Next, the values of all those cellars will drop as the exclusivity of wine appreciation dwindles to common place. I think that then you’ll be able to open that $100 bottle and toast to the good old days when that wine was worth a lot of money. Then, those (you) real wine guys will once again have an open field from which to sample and taste. As for me, I look forward to paying thousands less for my next motorcycle.

  2. 2 Paul R Nov 27th, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    being new to wine, i can not remember the good ‘olde days.

    i do not think that price increases will abate. even during the good ‘olde days, i think people complained about the mad prices of bordeaux futures during good/great vintages. the wines still appreciated in value…

    i do not think that motorcycles are a valid comparison, but hey i could be wrong. (and the analogy was interesting to think about…)

    i would just like to say that i would share a glass of something good with eric anderson any day. after hearing him proclaim that some wine is too good to share with anyone but yourself (i’m paraphrasing here…), he clearly has the right spirit…

    obviously, sharing wine with friends is one of the great experiences about wine. but if i’m sitting down to dinner by myself or with a non-wine drinker, why should i not open up a stellar bottle of wine? is it only for sharing? heck, it might be my last bottle of 1990 mugnier musigny, but hey i’m worth it!

    here’s to you, brother!

  3. 3 GrapeRadio Bunch Nov 29th, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    LOL, well hey, it is all about ME! Seriously, Paul, as we noted, it’s just a damn shame to Bogart or otherwise save bottles for “something special” for reasons of cost alone. As Al Franken’s Stuart Smalley might have said, ‘You’re Good Enough, You’re Smart Enough, and Doggone It, You Deserve it!’

    The downside? You pop open that killer bottle for yourself…give it a sniff and a taste…your eyes roll back in your head as you are transported to heaven. You start looking around the room for ‘can I get an AMEN’ and there’s no-body THERE!


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