For some reason, wine always reminded me of luxury. People drank it with dinner at restaurants with crisp, white tablecloths, holding their glass with a pinky sticking up. But when I got exposed to it, it wasn’t what I expected. It didn’t taste like anything familiar to me; it wasn’t sweet like Hypnotic, or fiery like Henny. It didn’t even taste sweet like Welch’s grape or even Manischewitz, which, as far as I knew, was wine, too. I can’t even remember what I likened it to, since I have been in love with it now for so long. I was completely lost on the art of enjoying it; like, what the hell did people see in this? It didn’t taste like anything to me, yet people spent so much time drinking it and paying all this money for it, like WHATS THE BIG DEAL? I almost got discouraged from it. Gasp! I nearly wrote it off as something out of my reach, beyond my taste. I was ready to stick to my Patron and Ciroc comfort zone.
But something continued to intrigue me, so I decided to put down the Ciroc & Red Bull for a second and started my research.
I bought books, and even subscribed to magazines like Wine Enthusiast, Food & Wine, and Wine Spectator. Yes, I got fancy y’all! I started reading about wine every month which made it all the more interesting to me. I was even beginning to understand and speak the language: aromas, terroir, tannins, bouquet. I became fascinated with the idea that something made from grapes could taste like blackberries or smell like tobacco! It wasn’t until I actually explored by drinking
lots of wine was I able to put my newfound knowledge to good use and discover my new favorite thing to do.
If you’re like I was, and just don’t “get” wine, you’re in the right place. Sharing my experiences will get you on the path to becoming a wine enthusiast in no time! And if you’re already a fellow wine lover, who can sniff with the best of them, I’m sure you’ll enjoy gushing with me about different vineyards and local sources. Here’s to us enjoying and exploring the wonderful world of wine together!