The Important Role of the Winemaker.
There are many things the winemaker can do to reach the “taste” they are looking for. One of the big jobs they have is in the blending of different grapes to make unique, flavourful wines. This often involves a lot of trial and error… mixing and sampling to get that perfect combination.
I tried making beer when I was 19. I gave up on the project very quickly, as I really had great difficulty consuming my end-product. I have also had the pleasure of consuming many a friend’s homemade wine. There are very few I would rate a 10, and sometimes even 5 was a generous rating. Suffice it to say, winemaking takes knowledge and talent, a great attention to detail, and sometimes a little “luck” from mother nature. Not everyone gets it “right” every time.
At the end of the day, when a winemaker does manage to produce a decent wine, what you like as opposed to what someone else likes really does come down to personal taste. In short, if you have the same “taste” as the winemaker, you are going to absolutely love what they have produced. (Assuming that they were able to create something to their own personal satisfaction, given all the variables and moving parts.)
Sometimes there are factors that are simply out of their control and a great winemaker makes a less than good wine. And yes, sometimes an otherwise mediocre winemaker is blessed with a perfect harvest which makes it very difficult to make a bad-tasting wine.
Which is why, when you are out visiting the vineyards and you come across something you love, spend some time really appreciating that winemaker as they have indeed accomplished a feat!
Tour Some Wineries in the Area
There are hundreds of wineries in this region, and each one has its own personality. Even if you don’t plan on drinking too much of the wine, it is worth the visit just for the setting, the views, and the perspectives.