There is a solid debate to be had by oenophiles regarding the benefits of aging wine.
I'm haunted by the saying, "I shall serve no wine before its time." It may be a credo of wine servers or it could be a line uttered during an episode of Frasier.
Either way, it's a line that gives me pause. When is the right time to serve a wine? If you're me, it's planned for that evening or whenever you arrive home to locate the trusty corkscrew.
But for some, it's a waiting game. Those who have actual wine cellar, racks upon racks of carefully selected quaffs not yet at its peak ripeness for another 5 to 7, even 10 years.
This column by Matt Kramer of Wine Spectator brings this debate to light and definitely brings up some solid terroir for the argument that wine has never been better to "drink now" than ever before.
No one has patience anymore. It's not just a virtue; it's a rarer commodity than a 1982 Latour.
If I had a wine cellar (I don't expect to land one anytime soon), I would like to believe that I had the capacity to let the wines age properly, while drinking the ones I wanted to drink now. Enjoy the small fish today, save the big fish for the right place and time.
But since I gave away the big secret (about not having a wine cellar), I will settle for enjoying now the wider range of quality wines which aren't overly obstructive in the path towards enjoyment.