Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Another Reason to Wine

So let’s talk wine. Can there be more adjectives used to describe a glass of wine? Seriously, wine is often written about with more complexity then U.S. middle east foreign policy.

I noted a recent wine review which began with the description... black cherry, spice, raspberry and currant flavors, and an aroma that can resemble wilted roses, along with earth, tar, herb and cola, black cherry, blackberry, plum, bell pepper, black pepper, clove, licorice, dark chocolate and smoked meat. To me, this was less a description of a glass of wine then the menu of a recent lunch…including the road trip to get there.

But truly, where else can the variations and subtle distinctions of aroma and taste be so thoroughly dissected? It is akin to reviewing great literature, where the depth and tone of the piece can offer a multitude of nuanced meanings. Yes, we’ve all seen the analogies of over done comparisons to wine but often they give meaning where none existed before. A wine lover’s rapt description is like the birth of a new idea or a misunderstood philosophy. It makes the drinking of wine a passion of discovery.


It is similar to embarking on a new adventure, where one ponders and reflects on an over abundance of possibilities. The taste of a great wine is like art, when a great painting renders whatever you need from it at the moment. Enjoying a glass of wine let’s you reminisce on a great taste or a sensation. You can be invigorated by it, romanced with it, or let it mellow your senses.

A glass of wine let’s you step back and reflect a bit on your world. A world which otherwise, forces you to race through it, demanding quick, strong decisions. Wine doesn't invite the quick fix. When do you see someone doing shots of wine? It doesn’t give you that quick rush that tequila might or ask for the stuffiness of a fine brandy. With a glass of wine you can linger, it may invite memories, maybe of childhood licorice, the spiced pepper from that meal in Morocco, or the smell of tar from a road trip through the hot desert. It lets you remold your thoughts or contemplate a problem in a new way. Wine can be enjoyed with friends, or food, it can be a band-aid or an old friend, or a signpost for life in any number of settings.

So here is to that glass of wine and its long history of superlative descriptions. Raise a glass and say cheers. Tradition demands it.

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