“Life is too short to drink bad wine.” ― Anonymous
At the risk of offending wine connoisseurs everywhere, I admit it – in my youth I actually drank Boones Farm Wine and the big jugs of Gallo wine. Now before you judge me too harshly, that was a long time ago & there were lots of folks who were doing it too. That doesn’t really make it any better, but we have all done foolish things in our youth.
Drinking wine & really appreciating good wine is not a skill that is mastered overnight. As an individual grows and matures, so does their taste in wine. Reading ‘Wine for Dummies’ might acquaint you with the vocabulary necessary to sound like a wine aficionado, but appreciating wine is a process over time.
When I was growing up, my mother’s idea of wine was a glass of Cold Duck Champaign that she drank with our neighbor. I was always thrilled when I got to sneak a sip of that sweet bubbly goodness. I think I was 11 or 12 years old when my dad actually gave me my own glass of Cold Duck at a family holiday dinner and boy did I feel special. Even back then I knew there was a connection between the wine and the experience.
I enjoy drinking a glass or two of wine. My recent trip to Napa was so much fun. I got to experience so many excellent wines, and I admit I felt proud when my friend Laura complimented my wine palette. I can proudly boast that I now know the difference between a Cabernet and a Pinot or the difference between a Chardonnay and a Riesling. I learned about food pairings and all the different elements that make up each unique wine. I still have a great deal to learn & I don’t think I will ever become one of those pretentious wine snobs. It sure is fun trying out different wines J I am hoping to go visit some of the Arizona wineries soon. If you haven’t had the chance to visit a winery or tasting room – I highly recommend it, you will learn a lot and it will help you to enjoy the wines when you learn more about each one.