Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I Like Wine

Not every post for this blog has to be about improving some facet of your life. It is, after all, my blog, goddamn it. So I'm going to let you in on a little secret—I like wine.

In college, I used to think that wine was for snobby grad students and for trying to impress the ladies on dates. Though I didn't do too much of the latter, I did eventually become the former. Not that I even embraced my destiny at that point—it took a trip out to Napa for me to realize that wine is actually kind of awesome. Ever since that trip three years ago, I've been trying to learn more about wine, and trying to cut away at the traditional image of the wine snob.

What are my favorite wines, you may ask? I liken it to beer drinking in college. As a Dartmouth man, I was "raised" on the sweet, sweet nectar of the gods that is Keystone Light, and find myself able to drink Key Light and its cousins from different manufacturers like water. Likewise, because my formative experience with wine was out in Napa, I like big, bold, flavorful Cabernets that happen to also be smooth, without any of the acidic aftertaste. I also like nice, light Pinot Noirs, spicy Malbecs, and for whites, I enjoy nice, toasty, vanilla Chardonnays and the odd citrusy Sauvignon Blanc. I know, very original. The thing is, I do enjoy other varietals, but on a bottle-by-bottle basis. Some of the wines made in Augusta, Missouri are actually quite delicious, though they tend to be of the "Chardonnel" and "Norton" varietals. And Viogniers from Virginia can actually be quite good on a date—they are somewhat sweet, yet pair well with fish and poultry.

A lot of people are intimidated by wine because they are haunted by the memory of some snob making them feel like an idiot at some point. A little-known secret is that these snobs usually have no idea what the fuck they're talking about. They have the worst kind of herd mentality, liking a certain type of wine only because it's the "in" thing. Don't worry about them. For more guidance, see rule #4. Just drink whatever tastes good to you. If you don't want to learn any more about wine, drink what you like most. If you do want to learn more about wine, I've been researching it quite a bit and would be happy to oblige with more posts on the topic.

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