4. You have American impatience to thank for good wine right out of the bottle
A lot of European-style and French wine in particular wasn’t, until relatively recently, meant to be drunk right away. Wine cellars were and are common because French wines really need to be aged longer before tasting their best. Carr notes, “Americans in particular like wine that has complexity and good fruit, but don’t want to wait 10 years for wines to evolve and loosen up.” Modern California wines are designed to taste great out of the bottle and 10 years later.