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Living - July 24, 2009

Understanding a Wine Snob

by Don Colman, The Everyday Wine Guy

I have always wondered how a wine snob could justify spending $50, $100 or more on a bottle of wine they were going to drink as an everyday wine. I figured they had too much money on their hands and as the old adage goes,"A fool and their money is soon parted".

That was all true until I started writing this column. I have found myself slowly drifting "up" market, so to speak. This really became obvious to me last Friday night.

It had been a long week, and my wife and I were preparing dinner. The rule in the Colman household is: as soon as you start preparing dinner, it is permissible to open a bottle of wine. I snuck off to the wine rack to pick the typical everyday wine when for some reason unbeknownst to me, I found myself holding a bottle of wine we had been saving for a special occasion. I justified to myself that Friday really should be a special occasion and before you know it the cork was out and the wine was breathing.

The wine I grabbed was a 2004 Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon ($45). Smith-Madrone is a quaint winery in Napa producing approximately 1,000 cases of each of their different varietals. When looking at the wine it appears flawless. The wine is a very deep purple and is perfectly clear. It is also a very aromatic with plenty of dried fruit scents.

As always the taste is critical. It is a full-bodied, dry wine that is very smooth and full of tannins. It is a wine which will appeal to the masses as it is very smooth and easy to drink, yet complex enough to keep even the most discriminating wine connoisseur coming back for more. The best part, it has already started to age and is ready to drink right away!

Try matching this wine with a simple but elegant meal. It would pair beautifully with most traditional Sunday night dinners. I would keep it away from spicy or creamy dishes, as you do not want to over power this gorgeous wine. My suggestion is to surprise your loved one and make an everyday meal into a special occasion. Isn't that what wine should really be about?

The more I think about it, maybe the wine snobs have it figured out. What could be more important than spending a quality night with your spouse enjoying a beautiful bottle of wine?