This page is another attempt to get a little more order into this blog. From here you can access all blog postings via the wine vintage they address. A more thorough directory where you can find postings by category is still in the planning phase.
As you can see, I decided to group vintages by decades. Have fun browsing the years!
the 50’s were of course long before my time, but I’m sure Elvis needed some wine for his famous pelvis swing. He might have enjoyed 1955 Bordeaux- a great vintage and just a year before frosts destroyed many vines. But the most famous vintage of the fifties was without a doubt 1959 when great wines have been made all over Europe.
1950 – 1951 – 1952 – 1953 – 1954 – 1955 – 1956 – 1957 – 1958 – 1959
The Beatles and the Rolling Stones nearly owned this decade. Wine-wise, mostly 1961 Bordeaux remained in wine amateur’s memories as one great vintage.
A lot was going on in the music-scene of the seventies with the Stones, Queen, Bruce Springsteen and Pink Floyd to name a few only. Wine-wise I directly have to think of my birth year 1978, which was an excellent vintage for Rhône wines, but also the Italian reds are much praised. While we’re at it, the seventies also saw the birth of the so-called “Supertuscan” wines, which infringed the Italian wine law in quite a tasty way.
No more famous musicians are needed to introduce the eighties, because wine amateur’s now got their own star. In fact, the great 1982 Bordeaux vintage saw the breakthrough of wine critic Bob Parker who could enthuse his fellow Americans with his high ratings. But also 1985 and 1986 and in particular the pair 1989 and 1990 brought high Parker ratings, ergo some great Bordeaux’.
Besides Mc Hammer Snap, and problematic fashion, the nineties have also seen 3 notable Bordeaux vintages, 1990, 1995 and 1996.
2000 and the first decade of the new millenium
The first decade of the millenium is famous for an array of “vintages of the century” in Bordeaux. It started with 2000, then came 2005 and later 2009 and 2010. In Germany, the rise of dry Riesling wines is the Leitmotiv of the decade.
From 2010 on..
The most recent decade just started in a promising way with another vintage of the century in Bordeaux, bu also excellent wines from Burgundy and the Rhône region of France. Let’s see what will await us in the future.