On The Road – Steve from Mendocino – French Vineyards and Wineries 1 of 2

Steve from Mendocino

My interest in good wine began in 1968, when I bought a bottle of Inglenook special reserve cabernet sauvignon to celebrate my later to be wife’s birthday. It got our attention, and I began exploring with books and tasting. In 1970 I formed a tasting group that I called “Lest Compagnons de Bordeaux.” Wine prices were moderate enough that we could taste the best wines in the world for very little. I budgeted a bottle per person and charged people my cost. Our first tasting was both a horizontal tasting of 1966 Pauillacs and a vertical tasting of Chateau Pichon Logueville Baron from 1953, 1955, 1959, 1962, 1966, and 1967. The 1966 wines were Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Chateau Latour, Chateau Pichon Longueville Comptesse de Lalande, and Château Lynch Bages. It cost each taster $12 including bread and cheese.

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