Monday, September 3, 2007

Reds vs. Whites, Good vs. Bad

I feel that I must make the caveat whenever I write about a Reds that I am much more preferential to Whites. This does not mean that I don't drink Reds, but it is harder for me to find a good Red I like and once I do, I remain pretty loyal to it - comparing other Reds to the select few I love.

I had a friend come in from Chicago this weekend and we explored a couple of wineries south of Eugene. When I looked at the wines I purchased over the course of the weekend, I found I bought an greatly disproportionate number of Reds to Whites, about 7 to 2 , and this was very intentional.

I also recently had a conversation with a couple of people, Gana included, and we talked about how we only really talk about wines that we enjoyed here on The Oregon Wine Blog. My rationale was quite simple - we sample a lot of wines between all of the contributors, but we usually only buy the ones we like, hence that is what we log about. I have made the decision that I will also be starting to purchase wines that I might not like as much - others may disagree, which I think is a good thing, or I might turn someone onto a wine that they really enjoy.

In other words, in the next couple of weeks, be on the lookout for some of my posts as I give my insights on some Reds, some from the south-central Willamette Valley, and some that I might not like as much (the later portion will take longer since I currently only have ones I enjoy).


  1. I'm excited to hear about the reds that you don't like in case they are ones that my "red prefered" mouth enjoys.

  2. What I've found difficult about reviewing spirits I don't like is I have very little to say in comparison to one I enjoy. It's a lot easier to brag about something you enjoy, so I tend to reserve negative reviews to ones that I had incredibly high hopes for, but was let down.

    The other key to negative reviews is to compare it to those of the same style. I've tried reviewing Belgian-style ales on my blog many times, but have found out I just don't like that style of beer. I can, however, objectively compare it to those of the same style and state a preference.

    Of course, there's always the possibility that you happen upon something so disgusting that you actually have quite a lot to say. This method can almost be as fun as bragging about something you loved =)