My Year of Living Frivolously

By / Magazine / August 18th, 2014 / 3

THIS IS MY YEAR OF LIVING TO THE FULLEST. I DECIDED IN THE BEGINNING OF 2014 TO NOT DEPRIVE MYSELF OF ANYTHING. Torchons of foie gras as a snack; go for it. Precision headphones from Germany; sure. A dream spin around the track in a Ferrari; done.

But when it came to wines I had salivated over for years, I was stuck. What can I do? Or better yet, how do I limit myself? I can’t throw away the bank on just wine. Well, maybe I could but I shouldn’t. So I decided to whittle it down to a couple of wines and throw a soirée for my friends, where we’d taste the wines blind. Trust me, it wasn’t the easiest of decisions to make. Should I focus on New or Old World. My palate is decidedly New World, but I love those chunky, tannic traditional wines. So I created a short list of about 50 wines. I guess that could be considered the long list.

I then created a short-short list. Now I was down to 10. From that, I hemmed and hawed. I had to make a choice. So this is what I ended up with: The Ornellaia 2009, Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe 2010, Le Cigare Volant 2008 and the Penfolds RWT 2009. To round it all out, I decided to go back to the wine that started me off on my oenological adventure all those years ago; the Manischewitz, circa 2014. Hey, we all have to start somewhere.

Let me know about the bottles you covet the most by commenting below.


Aldo Parise is the publisher of Quench Magazine. After running 4 magazines, including Riot and men's magazine Under Pressure, he's settled nicely into his role as top drinker and food yummer guy. You can see him in the pages of Quench, Food and Drink Magazine.

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