The Noble Writ's New Year's Resolutions

Unlike several of my fellow Gut Check contributors, I'm not much for reminiscing about, dissecting or ranking the past year. Instead, I enjoy the challenge of looking forward and setting goals. So here are my plans for both my personal wine consumption and The Noble Writ in 2010.

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1. Revisit areas I've mentally written off: I certainly have my favorite regions around the world and, like most folks, I'm tempted to select from among these the vast majority of the time. However, some recent samples reminded me that there are producers even in places like Napa and Bordeaux that I should be checking out.

While my palate preferences remain firmly in the low(er)-alcohol, non-woody, limited-intervention camps, these characteristics are now common enough that at least a few producers in just about every region are likely pursuing them. So in 2010 I plan to revisit vast swathes of California, Bordeaux, the Southern Rhone, Australia and, if I have time and budget, maybe even Washington.

2. Try to find wine made from grape varieties I've never had before: I love to taste wine made from obscure, if not virtually extinct, grape varieties. Despite this passion, there are hundreds of varieties I've never poured into my glass, so this year will be one of exploration on this front, too. I'll be trolling wine stores and ethnic markets for more obscure offerings from Italy, Greece, Central and Eastern Europe and who knows where else.

3. Drink more Missouri wine: I may well have made it through 2009 without a single glass of Missouri wine passing my lips. I'm not proud of this as Missouri makes some very good wine, and I'm very much in favor of supporting local agriculture.

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