August 31, 2011
Welcome to WineBoy! Previously I wrote about a discussion I had with my father, the subject of which was the French method of classification. I concluded by explaining how the French hierarchy of wine is corrupted. The central reason for this being that it was permanently established for Médoc and Graves in 1855, with the rest of Bordeaux to follow, and changing it now has become near impossible. That was a tough concept for me to wrap my head around. I thought, “If the flaws of the system are so obvious, then why haven’t people pushed for change?”
August 22, 2011
Welcome to WineBoy! While last time I wrote to you I promised reviews of specific Bordeaux region wineries, I feel it prudent to take a step back. I find it better to test French waters, before throwing you in! So let’s back up to when I was in Paris. Staying on Champs-Elysees, the main street of the French city that never sleeps, I went out one night with my father. We walked down a few blocks to a small wine bar and ordered a bottle of 2008 Grand Cru Chateau La Fleur Picon from Saint-Émilion. We sat down to enjoy it and engaged in a conversation that took us all the way to the next morning.
August 15, 2011
My real name is Michael Patland and this is the inaugural post of my blog. The focus of this forum will be to report and educate the public, especially fans of Patland Estate Vineyards, on wine via my own experiences and personal tastes. My hope is that my readers will find this to be both entertaining and enlightening, as well as possessing a fresh flair and young perspective on the world of wine.