Ten resolutions for the new wine year ahead…
1. Resolve to venture outside your vinous comfort zone.
If you’re as Chardonnay drinker, try Sauvignon Blanc or Chenin Blanc or Pinot Grigio or some other white variety. If you’re a Merlot drinker, give Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel a try. Your palate will thank you.
2. Resolve to try new food-and-wine combinations.
Don’t be afraid to experiment. If you like it, it’s the right combination.
3. Resolve to recycle your wine bottles.
Twenty years from now – perhaps sooner – “soft” packaging will replace bottles as the “delivery containers” of wine. In the meantime, we all can do our part by making sure the wine bottles of today aren’t simply dumped into landfills.
4. Resolve to make a cork board.
Rather than throwing away the cork after opening bottle, turn it into something useful.
5. Resolve to read a wine-related book.
From educational treatises to tales of intrigue, there’s a book out there that will enhance your enjoyment of wine.
6. Resolve to teach your children about responsible drinking.
Studies show that children of responsible wine drinkers are less likely to “binge” when the opportunities to do so eventually present themselves.
7. Resolve to take a “wine country” vacation.
It doesn’t have to be Napa or Bordeaux. The “wine country” experience is within just a few hours of every American citizen.
8. Resolve to introduce one “non-believer” to the wonders of wine.
After all, what are friends for?
9. Resolve to attend a wine dinner at a local restaurant.
Do this for yourself. You deserve it.
10. Resolve to cook a meal with your significant other at least once per week.
It’s cheaper than a restaurant wine dinner, and a great way to spend quality time with the one you love.