Yes, it’s that time of year again: time to make all kinds of unrealistic resolutions that we have absolutely no chance of keeping.
Rather than setting ourselves up for disappointment, we’ve decided to do things a little differently this year: We’re going to make some resolutions that we CAN keep, because they have nothing to do with deprivation!
And as you undoubtedly have surmised, all of them involve wine…
- Resolve to plan one meal per week around a specific bottle of wine. Nothing’s more satisfying than enjoying a dish and a glass of vino that complement one another. (It’s also fun to cook a meal with a particular wine in mind.)
- Resolve to share the wonders of wine with an uninitiated friend. America has a long way to go before it’s a true “wine culture,” and that’s because the subject of wine is intimidating to a lot of people. You can help break down that barrier by serving as a “wine mentor” to a friend.
- Resolve to try new and different wines. When dining out, don’t automatically order a glass or bottle of Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. Dig a little deeper through the wine list to find something you’ve not had before, and don’t be shy about asking the sommelier or server for advice.
- Resolve to document your wine-drinking experiences. When you encounter a wine you really like, take a moment to jot down its brand, type and vintage so you’ll be able to track down another bottle.
- Resolve to visit California “wine country.” No matter where your travels in the Golden State may take you, you’re not far from a memorable wine-tasting experience. Heading for San Diego? You’re just minutes from the Temecula Valley wine region. Visiting Los Angeles? The Cucamonga wine region is about an hour away, depending on traffic. Traveling to San Francisco? There are wine regions in every direction except west.
- Resolve to trust your palate. Ultimately, only YOU can decide what types of wine you like. You never have to apologize for your preferences.
As this is the final blog of 2012, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for checking in with us all year long. We’re building quite a community here at Vinesse TODAY.
Whatever you have planned for tonight, please be safe. We’ll be taking tomorrow off, but we’ll be back on Wednesday with the first wine blog of 2013.
Happy New Year!