The world of wine is surrounded by countless rules, patterns and opinions. The scores of wine critics like Robert Parker constantly create market trends and great areas like Bordeaux, Bourgogne, Napa Valley, Mosel, Barolo, Priorat and Ribera del Duero are constantly included in the lists of the best and most expensive wines. But among all the possible options, which single bottle is the best wine in the world? For me, the answer is very simple: the one you enjoy drinking the most.
There is a widespread belief that price determines quality and that the best wine is the most expensive one on the shelf. How difficult would the Sommelier’s profession be if we were limited to only sell bottles with three or more digit prices! Wine is a business that gains more and more fans every day and, lets be real, the majority doesn’t have access to the Grand Crus of Bordeaux or the exclusive wines from la Côte d’Or.
As a Sommelier I always try to present wine as an accessible product whose quality is not always attached to the price. For me, the main idea is to gain the interest of people towards wine and make it more accessible to them. Because of this, I aim to group “the best wines in the world” in these categories:
The best wine in the world has a good quality-price ratio:
There is nothing more tempting than a good bottle of wine that also happens to have an affordable price. It can be a deciding factor when choosing to purchase a wine and I consider this is a category with which many consumers can relate. The wines from countries like Germany, Chile, Argentina and Spain are usually very good bets.
The best wine in the world is the “trendy” wine:
Certain wine labels reach high levels of popularity, generating positive and negative consequences. Positive, because they attract new people into the world of wine, but also negative, because other producers will certainly copy their style. Consequentially, many similar wines will appear on the market. For me, uncorking a bottle that smells and tastes almost the same to the one I opened the day before can be a bit boring.
A good example of this is the famous Spanish wine from Rueda “El Perro Verde”, a 9€ Verdejo with 90 Parker points. This is a very easy to drink wine with intense aromas of citrus, passion fruit and green apples, a fresh acidity and a light body; great to enjoy on a hot summer day or together with light fish dishes, salads or pasta. It’s a very nice wine but, for a moment, its popularity was so high that many wineries started to produce the same style of fruity and light Verdejo, making other representations very rare to find.
If you like a wine because it’s trendy or because you like a specific style, I suggest you reach the Sommelier of your favorite wine shop or restaurant and ask for recommendations based on what you like the most about that wine. Get out of your comfort zone and explore new bottles; you will be amazed!
The best wine in the world is the one that still needs to be discovered:
In this group I identify myself and take the risk to include anyone who loves wine. Discovering grape varieties, regions and styles can become addicting. This is a never-ending road that constantly takes you to unexplored corners where you will find yourself realizing that in the world of wine the more you know, the more you know you don’t know and that the more you taste the more you want to keep tasting.
Finding a wine that excites you is the ultimate goal and it is something very personal. For me the best wine in the world is one with a story behind it. One that was made respecting the balance of the vineyard and its surroundings, thinking about the potential of a grape and the expression of a territory, a wine capable of taking me to where it comes from with only a sip. These are the wines that make me happy and that I enjoy drinking the most.
And for you, which is the best wine in the world?