You may have noticed that there is more than one person posting here. My husband Joel and I both post. You will know Joel’s posts because they’re way more technical. He spends hours and hours comparing scents and reading about the grape growing regions all over the planet. Me, not so much. I drink what I like. I may not know the slope of the terrain the vineyard is on but I do know if it’s yummy. I was blessed with a pretty good palate and can detect and recognize fragrances and flavors fairly easily. Where he’s technical, I’m way more touchy-feely. Both Joel and I love the ritual and romance of wine but, rules be damned, we both feel that the “ritual” of wine tasting should never detract from the romance and ever important relationships that the wine lifestyle brings.
What I love most about wine is the way it brings people together. I have met some of the most amazing people and had some fabulous conversations at “wine” events and gatherings. Throughout history wine has been used to celebrate, to mourn, to bring communities together, to heal, and to form bonds. Something about sitting across a table and sharing a bottle of the grape creates a connection between two (or more) people, even if only temporary it is very real. Some would say it’s the beverage talking, but I truly believe that it’s something more, something somehow chemical or maybe even magical in a way.
Tasting is all about sensation. The feel of the glass in your hand, the wine in your mouth. The look of the wine, from deep reds to golden hued whites, you have to admit it is beautiful. The smell… ahhh the smell, oak, tobacco, leather, fruit, flowers, herbs, meat… smells are so sensual that we actually anchor emotions and memories to smells (ask a shrink or NLP practitioner, they’ll tell ya). The sound of the cork leaving the bottle, the liquid rushing from bottle to glass, the swish and, of course, the conversation with friends and family. Then we come to the taste. I think you all know the joys of discovering layered flavors as it hits different locations on your tongue, then waiting to see how the layers develop over time. So you see, for us, wine is a natural extension of a sensual, passionate lifestyle.
The lifestyle we live, while involving wine, is not all just the drinking of wine. The lifestyle for us is living life to the fullest, enjoying every second and doing what we are passionate about. We might be at a quaint wine bar, a winery, a rock concert, traveling around Europe, playing on a beach, partying with frineds or working in the yard but whatever we do, we do BIG. Go big or go home is an attitude that has given us amazing experiences and I wouldn’t trade a second of it.
My hope for you, my friends, is to live Big. Live the life of your dreams. Live your passion, whatever your passion is.
As always, my friends
Love, Laugh, Learn… LIVE!