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New Year's Resolutions Are for Chumps

But here—ahem—are a few of my goals for 2013
Photo by: David Yellen

Posted: Jan 2, 2013 11:00am ET

Why do people bother with New Year's resolutions? The first of January at the gym, for example, brings a blitzkrieg of the hopeful, the annual posers and Pollyannas of fitness who occupy every damn machine for weeks. But by February they abandoned their resolutions and inevitably return to their couches and Cheetos.

But since I don't want to come off as an absolute cynic, I do have a few goals. (Isn't "goal" a synonym for "resolution," you ask? Semantics shemantics! Google it yourself.)

Here are a few of my goals for 2013:

1) Drink more wine from South America, Spain and Germany. Who knows, maybe even Jura! Living in Northern California, you need to go out of your way to find more than a handful of wines from those regions. I need to try harder.

2) Eat more seafood. Now that I'm aware of what's sustainable, the combination of the expense of good seafood and having a teenager who's picky about what fish he eats makes it too easy to buy chicken or meat.

3) Fire up my smoker more often, and not just for ribs and brisket. Now that I have the basics down pat, it's time to experiment.

4) Drink no wine before its time (and it's always time, as a friend used to say). I need to stop saving so many wines in my cellar and find reasons to drink them right away. Life is short.

5) Learn how to play the ukulele. Hey, I look good in a Hawaiian shirt.

6) Drink more dry rosé from all over the world. You have to wade through some mediocrity before you find a great rosé but it's worth it. I'm an easy mark for anything from southern France.

7) Smoke more good cigars. I have Champagne taste on beer money when it comes to cigars. A friend of mine has been to Cuba a few times and knows as much about a good smoke as I do about wine. A few times a year we'll share a glass or two and then light up a cigar, but not nearly often enough.

8) Try more unsung wines. It's easy to fall into the "if it doesn't rate a 90, it can't be good" mindset, but that really is nonsense. (Why chase numbers anyway? They're only a guide. The tasting note is just as important in finding out if the wine suits your palate.) Some of the most enjoyable wines I've ever tried were rated between 84 and 89 on our 100-point scale, whether they were simply good values or particularly suited the occasion or the meal.

I'm not sure I can fit all of those in by the end of the year, but it's worth a shot. What are your wine and food goals for 2013?

Morewine Bishar
Del Mar, California —  January 2, 2013 4:39pm ET

"5) Learn how to play the ukulele."

George Harrison is smiling down on you right now from some place in the great beyond! :-)

David Clark
for The Wine Connection
Troy Peterson
Burbank, CA —  January 2, 2013 5:38pm ET
My 2013 goal is to trim my cellar down to under 500 bottles and keep it there. Otherwise my two off-site wine lockers are packed out and I can't fit all the excess into my on-site wine fridge. Then the less-valuable (but still great) bottles have to sit on the floor of the pantry until we can consume them. Even this cool time of year that's tantamount to leaving one's babies in the car on a hot summer's day!

If you or any of the other WS editors are in Los Angeles and would like to help me thin out my cellar then please feel free to drop me a line at 818-842-5625 or tpeterson@pgpwealthservices.com. There might even be some food in it for you depending on the day!
Jar Osborn
Edwards, CO —  January 2, 2013 8:47pm ET
Try more older wines, particularly white Burgundies and white Rhones.

(OT - I was just reviewing the Top 100, the picture of the #2 is the wrong bottle! The photo is of the "La Poste" bottling, not the 'straight' Gigondas. The "La Poste" is the photo on-line and in the print edition.)

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