When we spoke to the amazing men and women we named as the 2016 Sommeliers of the Year, we asked them to tell us about the wines that made an impact on their lives. Unsurprisingly, they had a lot of bottles to talk about—too many to fit into one piece. But we couldn’t let their amazing picks go unmentioned. Once you’ve read our interviews with F&W's brilliant Sommeliers of the Year, check out these bonus bottles.
FLX Wienery and FLX Table, Geneva, New York
Fetzer Reserve Merlot
My parents brewed beer and we made cider, but wine was pretty much limited to the twice a year consumption of Andres or Totts. I remember distinctly when a friend of my parent’s visited and brought a bottle of Fetzer Reserve Merlot. That wine was pretty enlightening; there was more texture and weight and roundness than anything I’d had.
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1978 Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
While I was at Cornell, I was a teaching assistant for a bunch of wine courses and the 1978 Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was one wine we poured and it was fantastic: complex and starting show that sweet soy, decaying leaf thing, but still with this voluptuousness. That wine for me sparked my passion for old wine, balanced wine and California.