Musically, the evening was magical. It’s the kind of experience that makes me long for the California of my lost years, although I am realistic enough (or is it a Frank Zappaesque cynicism?) to imagine if I really lived here I wouldn’t feel quite the same way. That aside, in the moment, I loved it.
One of my host’s friends, who was working the video camera, came up to me. Light conversation ensued. I was a little gun-shy, as the last person I went up to, let’s call her Anna (she had reminded me of Alice) tolerated me for a while until she psychically dismissed me (or her introversion had had enough of being "outdoors"). In any case, with the new person in front of me, let’s call her Tina, I was polite and responded.
Something about writing about wine came up. “What is there to write about wine?” I don’t believe she meant it in a rude or defensive way. More out of curiosity. I then proceeded to channel my inner Gerard Asher.
Tina looked at me, not quite prepared for that answer but fully capable of handling it. “You made me see that bottle of wine in a way I had never thought of.”
And that really opened a door for me that I had been hovering around the last few days. While wine is my job and I write about it and drink it and like it well enough, I am not obsessed with wine. Something Anna had said earlier about the difference between wine and vodka (remember I am in the company of ex-Soviet folk). “Isn’t all this fuss about wine and anything else, Cognac, Vodka, etc, really more about the commonality they all have?" Her father was a scientist, from the quantum physics fold. She expounded, “Isn’t it really the final result, the effect of alcohol and what is does to us humans?” She was spot on. Her words echoed words of someone else who had recently said something identical. I can’t remember who. “Anna, you are absolutely correct.” I told her. “I agree with you 100 per cent.” What could I say? Ultimately, the feeling one gets from wine or anything with alcohol, harkens back to the first time someone discovered the miraculous properties of a fermented beverage. Magical, mystical, enlightening. Blissful. If even for a moment before the Huns came over the hill to rape and pillage.
I know it continues to be a wellspring of inspiration to me. And if only for an evening, to be around these people and this energy, if that’s all the allocation I am allowed, so be it. I will bottle it and store it in my cerebral cellar until I need some more of that magical wine from California (and Italy).
Note: The enoblogosphere and social media in general lately seems to be waning. Perhaps it is where these posts are going (not exclusively about wine or Italy) or maybe there is a greater wave of influence moving things about. I do feel more and more like this is a journal of my own private thoughts and have no real relation to anything anyone out there really wants or needs. Not a problem. I am in the discipline and know folks lose interest. In any event, while it is safe to say I am not mortally discouraged about where it is all landing, I will not resort to using headlines like “The Best Amarone taste-off in the world” or “The 17 Hottest Ribolla Giallas in the universe.” I am not a fan of the hype. My passion is not better than your passion. The wines I taste are not greater than the wines you taste. My life is not more awesome than yours. Just different. All this to say, if you are still here reading this, thank you. I write to please myself and if it pleases you, all the better. But still, thank you for your continued interest. I hope it adds something to the time you spend staring at this flickering screen.
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