Wine: Nectar Of The Gods

Sunday and it is raining cats and dogs outside….how do I know?  I just stepped in a poodle.

I will admit it I am a wine snob.  Very little is as good as a glass of superb wine….maybe with some fruit, nuts and cheese…….or a great steak.

Back in the 70’s I was manger of a pub and wine was becoming popular so I decided the best thing to do was learn all I could….I took several different wine tasting courses which is good because it teaches one how to evaluate the wine you will be drinking…..and I my case serving.

You learn about color, aroma, and taste….not all wines are similar each has distinct characteristics.  First, you hold glass up to light and look at the color….then swirl wine around a half filled glass and then check the aroma and make note…..finally take a sip toll wine around in mouth then either swallow or spit it out now draw air into mouth and taste…..

There is one Australian red wine (name withheld for I am not a paid reviewer) that has good color…aroma is like a barnyard and the taste is soapy…..then there is a Spanish red wine that has excellent color…..aroma is crisp and the taste is smooth and pleasing….

Wine is the perfect beverage.  But red goes with red and white goes with white…..anything different and it is just gosh.  Bubbly wine is for kids not adults…….except for champagne or cava

Wine glasses should be unadorned, no cut glass, and if I had my way (be thankful I do not) wine tasting would be a required course before one buys wine…never buy wine because the label is “pretty” or has a cute name…..and try different wines from different countries and regions.

If you buy wine in a box then chances are you are a wino!

I see disturbing trends in wine….flavored and wine in a box…just a few of things that make me shudder…..and these Millennials are killing the wine experience….a real bummer.

People need to just stop FREAKING OUT over that crazy notion that Millennials are killing wine. Take a deep breath (the downward facing dog pose might help) and think about this for a moment. Millennials are just like every generation before them. The only difference is they are one rung up on the evolutionary ladder. And, oh my god, that is scaring the crap out of people.

The headlines are daunting, I know:

“Millennials Are Changing the Way We Drink Wine”

“Millennials Love Sparkling”

“Millennials, Social Media and the Death of Wine Wisdom”

“Millennials Drive US Wine Consumption”

“Millennials Rewrite Rules for Wine Industry”

Source: Are Millennials Killing Wine? An exposé. | Quench Magazine

What are they…12 years old?

As you can imagine I do NOT agree with the premise of the article……the wine experience is steeped in tradition and it should stay there…..some of their mixtures would be better served in the cauldron of the 3 witches of MacBeth….than put into a glass.

Here’s an idea…..give the Millennials there own section in the store…..stock it with flavored beer, Gummi vitamins and their horrendous wine concoctions….

Time for me to drop everything and get a glass of Bordeaux, it has been breathing for about 30 minutes, and watch the rain.

Have a great day and enjoy your time with family and friends….chuq

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