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One Man’s Vice is Another Man’s Hobby

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Not sure if I’ve mentioned it before but I like wine.  A lot. Like this diagram makes my mouth water.

Different-Types-of-Wine-Infographic-Chart3I want to try them all!

I’m not wealthy enough to actually procure some of the really expensive varietals but if someone handed me a glass of Chateau Lafite Rothschild, I’d drink that… at work, in front of my boss on review day.

I rather enjoy the feeling of a nice wine buzz too.  Me and a bottle of wine is a pleasant evening.  Or a fun afternoon.  Hell, mimosas for breakfast.  What time isn’t wine time?

Yes.  Yes it is.

Yes. Yes it is.

When someone tries to make you feel bad about something you love, throw out this Baudelaire goodie.

Get Drunk

Always be drunk.
That’s it!
The great imperative!
In order not to feel
Time’s horrid fardel
bruise your shoulders,
grinding you into the earth,
Get drunk and stay that way.
On what?
On  wine, poetry, virtue, whatever.
But get drunk.
And if you sometimes happen to wake up
on the porches of a palace,
in the green grass of a ditch,
in the dismal loneliness of your own room,
your drunkenness gone or disappearing,
ask the wind,
the wave,
the star,
the bird,
the clock,
ask everything that flees,
everything that groans
or rolls
or sings,
everything that speaks,
ask what time it is;
and the wind,
the wave,
the star,
the bird,
the clock
will answer you:
“Time to get drunk!
Don’t be martyred slaves of Time,
Get drunk!
Stay drunk!
On wine, virtue, poetry, whatever!”
Pouring red wine

I’ve Gone Sideways

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I have become a wine snob.  I just realized it this week.  I have gone Sideways.

I opened a bottle of Merlot that someone brought to a party I was hosting.  It wasn’t drank at the party so it ended up on my shelf.  I’ve been drifting away from Merlot for some time now and I realized this week why.  It’s boring.

Merlot is the Bud Light of wine.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great first wine.  It’s probably the first red that most people say they like when they begin drinking wine.  However, as you try more wines and expand your palette, you realize why you liked it in the first place and why you can never go back to it.

It’s a simple, uncomplicated taste.  But it has no character.  It’s pleasant, almost sweet but soon, it starts to taste like an alcoholic grape juice.  It’s the wine you move on to when you’ve had your fill of White Zinfandel and want to start drinking reds.  It’s the gateway wine.

My taste buds have become too sophisticated for Merlot and this is a good thing.  I can now appreciate the nuances of Malbec and Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc.  I can handle a Cabernet Sauvignon and Burgundy.  If I want something lighter, a nice Grenache fits the bill.  And don’t get me started on Rosé.  A nice, dry Rosé made from the Malbec grape.  C’est magnifique!

Trying to get every last drop.

Trying to get every last drop.

A couple of years back, I realized I was on the road to wine snobbery when I went wine tasting in Walla Walla, Washington with my brother and his wife.  We were sampling a 2006 Meritage and when the smell hit my nostrils, I suddenly understood what the big deal was about wine.  I’ll never forget that scent.  That was what it was all about.  I have that bottle on my shelf.

I can dream, can't I?

I can dream, can’t I?

 

One more, for the road.