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The Element of Time

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How do we compare wine years to human years? We know, or used to know until a recent study changed it, that a dog ages seven years to our one. So my ten year old dog, if I had one -which I don't - is seventy in human terms.

But can we compare wine age to our human years? What ratio?

There is no set scale at which a wine matures, so each has to be taken on its own merits. So many factors enter in to how well and at what rate any given wine will age and mature that there can be no "one size fits all" in determining age worthiness.

I don't know what went into producing our dinner wine tonight - Chelan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002, but winemaker Bob Broderick created an excellent wine. Now ten years old, it is past the exuberance of youth, yet still full of strength and energy, with the ability to provide us great pleasure.

For me, it puts a trip to Chelan high on my list of "must-do-soon" activities. Call 509-682-5454 for hours. It will be open for Valentine's and Presidents' Day extended weekends.