Doug Vining has been tasting wine for thirty years and believes white wine is for thirsty people (which is a dangerous, but potentially entertaining positioning) and red wine for serious drinkers. In real life Doug is a futurist, writer, business strategist and a bit of a geek. He’s also an editor, sort of. “I don’t spit – I swallow,” says Doug of his wine-fuelled youth. Those who remember old-style Cabernets from the ‘70s and ‘80s know what to offer him. In fact, if it isn’t Cabernet Sauvignon – you’re going to have to work hard!
What gives Doug a PermaGrin? Doug loves rugby wine. Old style, old world, just old. Red, Strong, Dry, Smooth. Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux Blend is best, Shiraz on occasion. Scrap the rest, unless it’s an old Port on a cold night in front of a log fire. He’ll tolerate a Chardonnay-Pinot Noir blend, or even a strong Chardonnay when he’s hot and thirsty, but the memories of Cabs from ’74, ’78, ’80, ’88, ’91 and ’98 are what really excite him. Seriaaaas wine!