No Risk, No Reward, Non?

Change is nature; the part we can influence, and it starts when we decide.  – Remy (Ratatouille)

My discovery of wine ignited a passion within me to try more and learn more. It started with a book and my acquisition of my wine collection. In the world of common sense most people saw my collection and saw resale dollar signs. I saw a once in a life time opportunity to drink some wines that would forever imprint smells and tastes that would never be forgotten. Though I have never traveled to these amazing wine regions the sensory aspect backed by my reading and studying is what created a passion in me.

In this collection were bottles of 1982 Chateau Pontet Canet, little did I know that this particular Chateau went through a rigorous process back in 1855 called the Bordeaux wine Classification. Napoleon III decided he wanted to create a classification system for France’s best Bordeaux Wines to be displayed for visitors around the world. Needless to say this standard was extremely high which only classified less than 60 Chateaus. Chateau Pontet Canet qualified in the Fifth Growth and comes from the region of Pauillac which holds the most Chateaus in first growth and just so happens to be facing famous First Growth Chateau Mouton Rothschild with bottles ranging from $600-$2,000+.When you are fortunate enough to find a bottle of Chateau Pontet Canet you will see that the $100 dollars is quite the value with a incredible 25+ year shelf life. I never knew that when I popped the cork I would be diving into such a rich history that forever would change my life. The Black currant flavors, laced in licorice and cedar and tobacco have forever taught me why I love French Wines.

So I leave you with my version of Remy’s quote: “With no risk comes no reward; you’re only as strong as your biggest weakness, and passion should always outplay common sense.

Adrian Montanez
Store Manager
Twin Liquors Round Rock Marketplace

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