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What Matters Most in Wine…

…are the people you share it with
Photo by: Greg Gorman

Posted: Sep 9, 2011 12:00am ET

On a weekend when most Americans will reflect on the tragedies of 9/11, remember that in wine, as in life, it's always about the people.

If wine is part of your life this weekend, as I expect it will be, enjoy it with those you care the most about. At the end of the day, it's always about the people, and if you can share your best wines with your best friends, then consider yourself wealthy.


Michael Myette
Sacramento, CA USA —  September 9, 2011 9:02pm ET
a beautiful truth.
Michael Bonanno
CT —  September 9, 2011 9:28pm ET
Nice Jim. . .The only thing I would add, is don't be afraid to pop a nice bottle. . . I rarely regret it. . .
James Laube
Napa, CA —  September 9, 2011 10:01pm ET
Michael, I'm with you. I once (long ago) thought that keeping a wine would somehow enhance the drinking experience at some other time; it can. But it's far more gratifying to share something special with those in the here and now.
Frank Ostini
Buellton, CA —  September 10, 2011 9:14am ET
Jim, you get wiser as you get older. You are so right that it is all about people - I give you 90 points today. I consider myself blessed to be involved in wine for over 30 vintages. Not only do we get to share good wines with our friends, we get to make it with our friends. Last night Kathy Joseph was in her Fiddlestix Vineyard for her first pick of Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir. We so look forward to creating the 2011 beverage to share with friends for years to come.
Steven Stiansen
Saratoga Springs, NY —  September 10, 2011 12:16pm ET
Cheers and God Bless America!
Mark Lyon
Sonoma, CA; USA —  September 10, 2011 8:03pm ET
Very cogent about enjoying and sharing wines in your collection with those who are close to you. One of my pleasures in life; also to cook my creations.

Thanks for paying tribute to those who lost their lives and the heroes of that tragic day. Now that I think, a toast and a kind prayer would be appropriate.
Gavin Mchugh
Nor Cal —  September 11, 2011 6:45pm ET
A very good reminder indeed. Going to open something extra special this evening!
Peter Vangsness
Springfield, MA —  September 13, 2011 9:00am ET
The mother of a famous writer (whose name escapes me at the moment) chose as her epitaph:

"I regret only my economies"

Me too!!

Tim Mc Donald
Napa,CA —  September 13, 2011 4:08pm ET
Yes Jim we are wealthy, I hope your past weekend had a Frank or Mark or...I give your comments a 100 points! Cheers!
Stephen Kahn Law Offc
Los Angeles, Cal USA —  September 13, 2011 9:15pm ET
Jim...That was one of the most profound things you have ever written. Those of us who have ever shared good wine with wonderful friends know that what you wrote goes the the essence of it all. en vino veritas. Thank you and lets all hope that there are many more of those great moments and wonderful wines shared with good friends.
William J Magister
Milwaukee,WI —  September 14, 2011 10:30am ET
Nice Jim...It's the only way I enjoy a special bottle.

Don't forget family.
Paul O Sanchez Cpa Pllc
San Antonio Texas —  September 20, 2011 9:19am ET
Great words of wisdom, thanks Jim. As a novice to wine, I am learning quickly that best wine pairings are good wine with good friends.

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