Are you “into” wine? If your conversation about the qualities of a wine doesn’t get much past “I like it”, then perhaps not, but that’s OK.
You don’t have to be into wine to enjoy a glass or two as part of day-to-day living. That might even be the best approach.
There are those, however, and I include myself in their number, that are into wine. The signs are pretty obvious.
- The beginning of every dinner with wine is preceded with a discussion with your spouse about the qualities of the wine, possible varietals used, place of origin, and how well it goes with the meal. This may be enhanced by further reflective comments as the dinner, and the bottle, comes to a finish.
- When you get together with your wine friends the discussion is dominated by great wines that have been enjoyed. Rare bottles that may have been consumed decades ago, but which have left a lasting impression, are remembered and revered. Special events, such as guessing a wine exactly right in a blind tasting, are revisited (and perhaps not for the first time!).
- You can name a list of less common grape varietals, the names of oak forests in France, and all the First Growths.
- When your group’s private order of special old wines arrives, the participants ooh and aah as the cases are opened and the labels are inspected. There is a lot of “I wish I had ordered that, too,” and “I forgot I had ordered that!”
- You know what the Judgement of Paris was about.
- You plan your holidays to places that allow you to include visits to wineries in your itinerary.
- You know every wine in your cellar, even though the bottles number in the hundreds or even thousands.
- If you keep a household budget, you have an expense allocation for wine purchases.
- On Monday mornings you are looking forward to Friday evening, not because it is the end of the work week, but because it is the regular time for a wine tasting evening.
If you have started attending wine shows, and spending more than a few minutes in the liquor store selecting your wine, you may be getting into wine.
It might not be too long before you are looking for particular producers or winemakers. Finally, I think it is fair to say, if you are a regular reader of this column, you are into wine.
This week’s wine is a blend of white varieties from California — Dreaming Tree Everyday White. I have not seen it at the NLC, but since several Dreaming Tree products are listed, this might be available in the future.
The four varietals in the wine: Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Viognier and Albariño, seem to have been chosen deliberately and successfully to create an aromatic wine.
That aroma was an attractive combination of lime, stone fruit and floral ingredients.
With just a touch of sweetness, fresh acidity, and some textured body, this was a quite enjoyable sip. Score 14.5/Good.
Steve Delaney is a member of the Opimian Society. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org