I can’t tell you how many images I have of Boys1&2 enjoying their Spinning-Cup-On-a-Carousel rides over the years. With the exception of different streaks of clothing colors and the blurring heights of their spinning heads, all the images look pretty similar.
Right now, I’m seeing the world of wine much the same way.
The wine experience ride, like the spinning cup, is a simple pleasure. You look forward to the event—its thrilling, fun, best enjoyed with friends (but peeps along for the ride are welcome, too) and it can make you dizzy or even a bit ill if you overindulge. You can look back at both and reminiscence about the experiences. And there are people who are happy to rate the ride and give their impressions for you to review. To me, these ratings and reviews are like my spinning cup snapshots. They convey an idea, but its nothing like riding the ride for yourself. So why read them? Better yet, why should I write about my experiences? Its something I’ve been thinking about.
I think wine is exciting as it is experienced differently depending upon the situation and the drinker’s background, health and mood. Its all context—wine experienced at home is felt differently than wine at the winery than at a class, restaurant or a professional experience. I suspect that people read about wine to learn more or confirm their own opinions or discern what they may wish to buy next—to really know, though, you would need to comment below and tell me.
I’ve decided that as the VineyardWife, I could bring my experiences from the field, the kitchen and the other side of the tasting bar to every glass I swirl, sniff, sip and discuss. Although “Our Visits” was intended for local Southern Maryland sites, would you enjoy reading our winery experiences as people in the vineyard, in our own wine lab, and in our cooperative winery tasting room? To be honest, I’m still learning about wine, developing opinions and trying to write about wine and its setting that’s descriptive, but not clichéd. It may not be a professionally informed opinion, but I hope its an informing opinion.
So as Hunter S. Thompson said— buy the ticket and take the ride.
I’m glad you’re checking in to share the vine2wine lifestyle with me.