Among my fondest wine tasting memories is a evening at Robert Mondavi where I had a vertical tasting of a certain Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a simple suggestion, to sample the same wine as produced over several years, but it’s complicated. Complicated in a good way as the taster examines the wine based on the mix of conditions from one year to the next… it’s like looking at your yearbook photo year-over-year. A certain year will likely stand out (for better or for the unstylish worst).
There is also a horizontal tasting in which a taster can experience several wines with something in common, say the same AOC or the same varietal. This is like looking at your scrapbook from 10th grade. 10th grade you is what’s in common but you’ll see not only your yearbook photo but also the family Christmas card & your swim team photo.
Have you tried a vertical tasting? Do share… you’re still the same gossip you were in 10th grade, right?