Bordeaux. Hearing the name aloud, it sounds exactly like what it is: stately, elegant, and a little mysterious. Last Tuesday, after a month of training, I journeyed deep into the heart of Bordeaux without leaving the U.S. I participated in a wine tasting competition held at the French Consulate in NYC, known as the Left Bank Bordeaux Challenge. The competition featured 11 teams of MBA students from the top U.S. programs, and tested their knowledge of Bordeaux and its wines.Read More
This is the second installment in a month-long series about Bordeaux wine and how to drink it.
With my wino vocabulary improving, I felt ready to tackle some of the grandest of the Bordeaux wines: Moulis, Haut-Medoc, Pessac, et Margaux. These are terroirs that produce the legendary Chateau Margaux, Chateau Cheval Blanc, and Chateau Haut-Brion. While Bordeaux is fairly consistent at creating great wine, like anything else the region has its good years and bad. I learned that 2005 was an amazing year, and 2012, 2010, 2009, 2006, and 2000 are also gems.
This week I focused on color and smell ...Read More
Just when I thought I was maxed-out on business school assignments, along came an educational opportunity that I couldn’t say no to: the Left Bank Bordeaux Challenge. The LBBC, as it’s known by, is a two-part tasting competition for wine-appreciation clubs from leading universities around the world. Next month my team from the University of Chicago will go to NYC to take part in the first elimination stage.
I thought it would be fun to turn our team’s month-long training sessions into a series for the Melange. We’re going to taste wine from every corner of Bordeaux, brush up on our knowledge of soil varieties, and memorize the names of chateaux for hundreds of producers (yay!).Read More
My first winter in Chicago lived up to the hype: it was crazy cold and I spent much of it hiding inside. Now that it’s almost June, and spring is finally here, I’ve been indulging in the warm weather activities I’ve waited months for. For some of my friends, the first sight of tulips means that first water-beaded cup of iced coffee. For me it means the first glass of cold wine sipped on a restaurant terrace. The list of my favorite spring/summer wines is endless (ha!), but most of them, especially the whites, share a few common qualities: I like whites that are refreshing with a mineral base and notes of white flowers, citrus and earth. Some of the wines below are more structured than others and hold up well to heavy summer dinners. Others are light and flighty, and can be quaffed on their own or with an epic cheese or seafood platter.Read More