There's plenty of talk about wine and food but what about wine and mood? At our house it's not, "What do you want to eat for dinner?" It's, "What wine do you want to drink?"
Remember mood rings, that 1970s fad that lives on at Spencer's and other cheesy gift shops? The ring was supposed to be like a soul crystal that tapped into your vibe. Or something like that. I think it mostly tapped into the allowance of teenage girls, but that's another story.
Wine is my mood ring. The wine I want to drink reveals a lot about where my head is.
If I'm exhausted after a long and demanding day, the last thing I want to drink is a big Cabernet Sauvignon, even if I'm eating beef. Good Cabernet and Bordeaux are a mental exercise that I'm not always up to. They would be wasted on me at the time. And as much as I love Champagne and sparkling wine, when I'm in a sour mood, they just taste "in my face."
When I'm feeling adventurous and want to be challenged, the last thing I want is a Chardonnay. I'll scan a restaurant wine list or the shelves for Verdicchio or Arneis or any obscure blend a sommelier might recommend.
At the same time, when I'm
feeling vulnerable and need comfort, I always turn to Pinot Noir and Zinfandel,
particularly in warm weather. There's something about their soothing flavors
and aromas that immediately make me feel OK. Winter comfort for me is a Rhône
or Italian red and a cut of beef that's exotically seasoned and slowly roasting
in the oven.
I can't be alone in this. How closely do your wine selections follow your particular mood?
Erik Miller — Santa Rosa, CA — August 22, 2012 3:52pm ET
Michael Bonanno — CT — August 22, 2012 4:49pm ET
Adam Lee — Santa Rosa, CA — August 22, 2012 6:50pm ET
Brian Peters — Broomfield, CO — August 22, 2012 9:24pm ET
Brenda Mcleran — Spello, Umbria, Italy — August 23, 2012 3:37am ET
Homer Cox — Warrenton, VA — August 24, 2012 8:38pm ET
Troy Peterson — Burbank, CA — August 27, 2012 7:04pm ET
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