Hello and welcome to my very first blog!
Having never blogged about anything of any kind, let alone my true love of wine, I’m excited! (The fact that I’ve never blogged before also makes me feel older than my 36 years.) So here we go with the first of the series. I hope to cover all of those topics that I have so longed to soap-box about, and stump for those people I consider champions, even the lonely, lost or forgotten.
For the very first installment, I feel it appropriate that I begin by talking a little bit about my general idea for wine’s place in life. This is the foundation for how I view it, drink it and share it on a daily basis.
In short: Wine is a grocery, not a luxury.
So what does this mean? To me it harkens back to an idea that began to take hold as I was learning to drink wine while living in Italy in the early 1990s. We learned to make pasta at the hand of my wife’s family. We shopped each morning at the open-air markets for the day’s groceries, where seasonality and the idea of "local" are paramount. And we understood that no table is set until the wine is placed upon it. This is often wine poured out of a pitcher into a tumbler, of very local origin and, of course, perfect with everything else on the table. It is consumed with gusto, no meal being complete without it.
We brought all of these dining, or rather, living traditions with us when we returned to the United States. Here at home we do not have a millennia of dining traditions as they do in Europe, so these are ours now, to foster and to share.
In my role as sommelier at the Little Nell and, more generally, as ambassador for wine, this is my most lofty endeavor. My job is to help others enjoy their lives and I am committed to making this happen by sharing wine. In doing so, I see an enhanced dining experience, I see community fostered and I see people learning about and enjoying the world through all of the wonderfully diverse wines from all parts.
This is also something that I myself do at lunch and at dinner each and every day. This is where the idea of wine as a grocery comes to be. It’s accomplished simply by doing it. Don’t procrastinate and don’t fuss too much over the choice of wine—there will always be another, and in each wine there is something to learn, something to be enjoyed or something to be gleaned.
There are, of course, the economic considerations and what defines a “grocery” is indeed very personal. Is something "expensive"? Well, just as each of us has differing levels of income and opportunity cost, only each individual can answer this question for themselves. It need not be expensive to play. During my days in Italy, I was a student with a heavy burden of loans, but I always found a few lira in the budget for that pitcher to place upon the table. So find your price point, it is up to you, and add one more thing to your grocery list today. Cheers and bon appetit!
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