Before I started writing this blog I thought pretty hard, though not very long, on what it would be about and how I would go about doing it. It made for a sleepless night or two, not to mention one or more inner battles on whether I could do it, let alone do it well.
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Why wine though?
Perhaps it’s because over the past 3 years I have fallen deeper and deeper in love with the culture and history that surrounds it. Or, maybe because I have an ever-growing respect for the people: the ones who grow it, import it, sell it and drink it. Or maybe, it’s because I love the stuff itself.
How does something come to acquire such a reputation? And how do the makers, marketers and proprietors play off of this? Where did we get the image of a woman in a champagne glass? How has that become a part of our culture? I, for one, was never part of the 40's to 60's era when large galas took place. When women danced in huge glasses of bubbly, and the upper class types watched and mingled (mind you, I would have bloody well LOVED that!). Nor have I been a part of an over-the-top celebration; where bottles were shaken so hard they exploded in triumph over the crowds. So why do I know, or rather should say “think”, such events exist? How has a beverage gained so much prestige and respect?
But what makes a wine? How does it grow and develop? How does it taste and what is its significance to the people who drink it? I believe that these are HUGE questions and I can’t even begin to answer them all here and now, but I will. At least I will try to the best of my ability and opinion.