When I come to the US, I always bring a couple of bottles of high-quality wine for some foodie friends I stay with. I get it from a French friend who owns an exclusive restaurant in London. I sit down with him and tell him why I want it. It has to travel, be good with red meat and ready to drink now. I set a budget of about $100-$150 per bottle and I know he gives me mates rates, so that’s probably wholesale.
My American friends are always impressed, as it has that momentary pause wow factor.
But something one of them said to me has always stuck as it didn't make sense. One bottle was 12 years old, and married the steak he'd made perfectly. He said that it was clearly a food wine, which was strange as I thought most wines are made to be drunk with food. I then asked, as he liked to invest a bit, and knew his wine, why he didn't invest in wine? These high-grade wines are laid down, never leave the winery's cellar, and can be traded like stock.
He said, in the US, we rarely lay down wines.
Did I misunderstand, as we were a few bottles in, that American wines are rarely laid down? Do you have a lot of wines not made for food? And, does anyone here invest in wine?
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