Thursday, August 06, 2009

What are you looking for?

So much about what we read in wine blogs seem to center on ones finding a particular wine and then telling the world about it. Often it is written in a style that can make the reader feel like there is something the writer is writing about, a little secret wine or a special group of people that have gotten together to taste the forbidden fruit. Forbidden to you, not to the insiders who exult their aggrandizements.

But really, what does that do for you? If there is something rare and one of a kind how does sharing that information make your quest less taxing? We all rack up this old wine and that one but you might be coming to these blogs and say to yourself, “What the hell? I’ll never find that wine and taste it with all the illustrious folks that I am reading about. I might as well grab a Coors and forget about the whole thing!”

Or you could turn off the laptop, the blackberry, the Iphone or the Flip, grab a corkscrew and open that bottle of wine you just brought home. Forget if it isn't organic or farmed sustainably. In fact, pour the darn bottle into a plane carafe so the label and the provenance doesn’t get in the way of simply enjoying it for the pleasure of what it is, a miracle.

I recently got an email from a person that follows the wine trail in Italy; here’s what they had to say: “Dear Alfonso, why don’t you write more wine notes? It seems you taste a lot of wine and have access to great wines, not just from Italy, but from all over? You must have notes you take, and wouldn’t it be wonderful if you would just share them once in a while? You have such a vivid imagination and tell so many stories that lead up to the bottle of wine. But then you stop right there, leaving me wondering how the wine tastes.”

Dear reader, thank you. But the paths that each and every one of us takes are different. I could no more tell you how a wine will taste to you than I could describe a color or a combination of aromas one might encounter on a run in the country. That is up to you. I can point out a road or two, but the journey is yours to take.

And likewise, when reading about a great tasting, here or elsewhere, don’t get too invidious. All isn’t what it seems. It is fleeting and transitory. With more heading this way. And also not just for the precious few who are fortunate enough to sample some of the great wines that intersect their paths. You too, have the same opportunity to taste greatness in any wine. They don’t have to be harvested during a waxing moon. All it takes is an open heart.

Now, where did I put that corkscrew?


zoharwine said...

the simple truth.

Jeff Siegel said...

Yes, tasting notes -- the scourge of the wine world. Why do we need to know what it's supposed to taste like before we taste it? Why can't we just enjoy the wine and make up our own mind?

Tony McClung said...

Thanks for commenting on this to your dear readers. It is frustrating that people always want to hear someone elses "notes" and not have the faith to trust their own notes. Wine should simply be enjoyed, we have started to go down a very ugly path of overanalyizing everything about wine. I think it is time we all just take a breath (or sniff) and simply enjoy the glass that is in front of us.

Wilf G.K said...

Finally a common sense approach to all this tasting going on. I could not agree more. I rarely discuss or review a wine on my blog because chances are you will not be able to find it where you live. In fact I just finished a post with a similar theme. Lets just sit back and enjoy that wonderful fruit of the vine!

Wine Tonite! said...

Ahhh, great stuff. I couldn't agree more, but if it were only really that easy for everyone. Even though I reach out and try just about anything to expand my wine horizons, I often hear that for others, especially those who may be new to wine, it helps to start with something that they can relate to first. Certainly, the wine aisle can be daunting for many, no? So, I feel it's OK for them to get some notes on some wines (especially from friends or someone they trust or has similar tastes) so they can find a place to start with and something that they can relate to (a described characteristic, taste, flavor, etc.)

I mean, some would rather try to find their way to some town they've never been on their own, but others are content with stopping and asking for directions or reading a map.

Marco Otranto said...

Ancora, amico. The wine genie will tell us if we listen. Simplicity is what it's all about.

John said...

Some refreshing comments as I subscribe to the 'drink to enjoy' approach; however, as a Brit, if taking a beer it would not be a Coors. But then, like wine, we all have our preferences.

Italianadmirer said...

Ya it I agree that we should agree that we should make up our own mind and enjoy the wine.

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