Food, Gratitude and Joy, Wine/Cocktails

Day 20 – A Year of Gratitude and Joy – Wine

In my younger days, I was not a wine drinker. I didn’t quite understand the nuance of wine flavors and pairings. Then I met a guy from California, a self-described “Cork Dork” who introduced me to complicated reds and refreshing whites and everything in between.

We visited wineries together, tasted hundreds of wines, and honed in on our favorites. I learned the joy of wine. Somewhere along the path of discovery, I learned that some of my favorite reds gave me headaches. OH NO! 

The display at Arizona’s Merkin wine tasting room is enticing.

Then we went on vacation in Italy. We drank copious amounts of Italian red wine! I didn’t have a single headache. Hmmm … could it be the country of origin? Was it American reds … or more specifically California reds?

Wine tastings offer lots of options. Find something you love.

I decided I was up for the challenge of figuring it out. We shared bottles from Italy, Germany, South Africa, Argentina, Spain, France and more. We tried reds from California, Virginia, Arizona, New York … even Oklahoma. It became apparent that there’s something about the way US winemakers create their cabs, pinots, and merlots that puts a little twinge into my head. 

Stable Ridge winery in Oklahoma was a surprising find on a road trip.

It was right about the time I figured that out that we met Liza. She’s a wine consultant with Vinera Wine Society, an importer of international wines from boutique wine makers. We sampled several wines, bought two cases and joined the club. We added a large wine rack to our pantry.

I try to keep enough wine so I never have to worry about running out.

That was three years ago. Since then we’ve been to Vinera wine tastings, a wine dinner and even hosted an eight-course tasting dinner in our home. Liza has broadened our horizons and become a friend. Wine is part of everyday life – in glasses and in our food.

Use a good wine when you cook. Most chef’s have a rule: If you wouldn’t drink it, don’t put it in your food.

I am grateful for good wine. The flavors and ritual of savoring a glass bring me joy. 

There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. Enjoy a glass of wine (or two) along the way.

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2 thoughts on “Day 20 – A Year of Gratitude and Joy – Wine”

  1. I never used to like wine either. But, in the last year we have been doing wine tastings and learning more and finding we like it! I used to always get a headache when I was younger and drinking wine. I don’t get a headache from it anymore, I thought it was just because I was getting old, but maybe it is the kind of wine.


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