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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31 thoughts on “Wine: Nectar Of The Gods

  1. I don’t have anything against Millennials, and they can drink all the wine they think their friends are – I don’t care. I do find them to be rather ‘cookie-cutter’ = a culture in which conformity to any and all trends is valued over intelligence and individuality.

    1. AS a wine snob I hate to see people take a good wine and but 7-Up in it…..they are a bit juvenile….have a good Sunday….chuq

    2. I like wine occasionally! Wine is good. May I recommend Vintage 2008 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley Region of California, U.S.A.?

      1. You may and thanx…but I love in Mississippi and the selection from the state warehouse is pretty limited….The best so far here is a 2006 Garancha from Spain…..enjoy your Sunday….chuq

      2. Garancha usually sells out pretty quickly because it is superb for those who love a dark red and it is inexpensive at somewhere short of $11 a bottle.

  2. Oh, good Lord……….. we are after wine now?? Oh the humanity! Where will it all end! 🙂

  3. I’m sitting here, on duty, graveyard shift, watching a damned parking lot for the next 8 hours from within my car (because that’s all society allows old retired people to do), for minimum wage, keeping this San Bernardino County building free from terrorist threats like skateboarding kids and the homeless from usurping the employee picnic table… with my pepper spray and handcuffs at-the-ready… wearing this police-looking uniform (assuring I am properly “lit up” for targeting)…. on my laptop connected to the internet, reading chuq bitching about millennials and wine… all the while wondering if I am going to act like John Liming when I get to his age.
    How much better can life get. Hot damn.

      1. I am here to serve, chuq. Just sometimes a little Vaseline would help. 🙂

    1. You could do worse than act like John Liming at his age because he doesn’t have to work and doesn’t want for anything and life is good.

      1. Not only that, Pete.. some states we are allowed to mix the two together… in the privacy of our own homes, of course.! 🙂

      2. Ooopss.. wrong reply to the wrong reply. But, in the end does it really matter?

  4. I have had a long affair with red wine. During the mid 1970s, we owned a family off-licence (liquor store) and I was sent on wine courses to be able to recommend wines to customers. Some years later, i worked as a salesman for Pol Roger champagne in London, and they also sent me on courses.
    I developed an enduring taste for red wine, and went through a long period of wine snobbery too.
    Later on, I discovered my mantra, which is “As long as it’s red, I don’t mind.” These days, I drink supermarket wines of very good quality, generally only costing £5-7 a bottle. Every now and again, I might treat myself to a bottle of Gevrey-Chambertin or Nuits St George, but I am more than happy with a £5 bottle of Pinotage.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Where I live you can only get wine from a state controlled liquor store…it sucks….I too have a life long affair with red wine….chuq

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