I’m learning how to drink wine again. Now, I know that might sound strange to lots of you but hear me out. I’ve been making wine for 10 years. I’ve been studying it intensely for the past 7 and due to being super paranoid about being a good Mama I really haven’t been drinking wine for the past two years. Say what you want about pregnancy, breast-feeding and wine consumption but I was not going to take ANY chances with my little boy! I would indulge in a small sip here and there once my son was born before bed but I’ve only recently started having a glass a few nights a week again. Those who know me really well know I’ve never been a big drinker. I don’t like the smell of alcohol so I stay away from spirits completely. Studying for my Diploma Unit 4 was interesting. I’ve only through my studies come to appreciate fortified wines but it is only a few times a year I might actually choose to drink one. A “most interesting man in the world” quote would be appropriate here. I don’t always drink fortified wines, but when I do I prefer Madiera. You get the picture. However, I only realized this past weekend that I haven’t been drinking wines to enjoy them, only to study them, for quite a while. There are wines I love such as Chablis, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and Burgundian Pinot Noir that I haven’t actually enjoyed a glass of in almost three years. I haven’t ordered my stock supply of Finger Lakes Riesling in two years. That has to stop and its going to stop now. Sometimes you get so wrapped up in learning as much as you can about wine and forget to actually enjoy it. I’m going back to my original inspiration for enjoying wine, not surprisingly from a man who has influenced my career heavily even though I never had a chance to get to know him beyond a chance meeting.
“Wine to me is passion. It’s family and friends. It’s warmth of heart and generosity of spirit. Wine is art. It’s culture. It’s the essence of civilization and the art of living” – Robert Mondavi