Why is it we love wine so much and prefer it over any other beverage? There is something magical about wine and that’s not just because Jesus turned water into wine. Wine is much more than just fermented grape juice and there’s a few great quotes from famous people that manage to describe it in just a few words. Below are some of our favorites:
“Wine is bottled poetry” – Robert Louis Stevenson
“Wine is sunlight, held together by water”– Galileo Galilei
“Wine and friends are a great blend” – Ernest Hemingway
That feeling when you smell a wine, and in your mind, you travel to places. Or it takes you on a trip down to memory lane. Memories you thought you had forgotten a long time ago already. The associations we have when we taste a wine are different for everyone.
Wine never bores, as every bottle you open is different. That makes each bottle unique, as the circumstances, conditions and environment are never the same. Therefore, each bottle you open is like opening doors to another adventure as if you were to wake up in the Land of Oz. Some wines open up a wondrous world, from which you want to enjoy more and longer while we have also experienced nightmares from which we want to escape as soon as possible.
You might have made the same mistake as we did, buying boxes of wine on holiday, only to find out that the same wine tastes very different on a cold and rainy night in autumn, then it did at that small village in Tuscany overlooking the vineyards on a beautiful sunny day. It’s the same wine, but change the environment and circumstances and your experience of the wine changes along.
For us, The Wine Junkies, wine is all about enjoying life and having fun. And obviously, that’s always better when shared with friends or family. Sharing is caring and that is particularly true with wine and food.
One recent experience that comes to mind was when we finished working on a big project and treated ourselves on a bottle of Dom Perignon 2003 by the beach during sunset. We had kept the bottle for a special occasion and the Champagne somehow tasted even better than it would normally taste.
Notice we didn’t use the traditional Champagne flutes – we prefer to have our vintage Champagne from Bordeaux-style glasses instead. It allows you to stick your nose into the glass to really appreciate the aromas.
What is your favourite recent wine experience? Share it with us in the comments below – we’d love to hear from you.
John & James
The Wine Junkies